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Low Income Senior Housing & Apartments

According to the NCOA (National Council on Aging), "Over 25 million Americans aged 60+ are economically insecure—living at or below the federal poverty level" and many more are simply not prepared for the cost of senior living and care.

So the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created several programs to help seniors with the cost of living. These include public housing, multifamily subsidized housing and housing vouchers (formerly Section 8). 

An independent living option, Affordable Senior Housing falls under Multifamily Subsidized Housing (section 202). It provides rent-assistance for very low-income elderly in an environment that provides support activities like cleaning, cooking, transportation, etc. Some properties offer assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like dressing & bathing. Most units are one-bedroom with a kitchen and bath including safety features such as grab bars, ramps and more.  

Those 62 and older with a household income of less than 50% of the area median are eligible. The average age of residents is 79 & the average yearly income is $10,018. 

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For more information on this program, visit https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/grants/section202ptl.

As with many government programs, the waiting lists are often long, especially in metro areas. These programs are designed for independent seniors, not senior care facilities. 

For information on other housing assistance programs for moderate-income seniors, the disabled and veterans, visit HUD.gov.