How Do Seniors Find Affordable Housing?

Written By: William Rivers
Reviewed By: William Rivers
Published: November 11, 2021
Last updated: July 28, 2022

Affordable housing might seem hard to come by if you are a low-income senior. However, there are several government programs you may be able to qualify for to secure an affordable and comfortable home. 

Here are some ways seniors can find affordable housing:

  • Check out Section 8 HUD Housing, which offers government-controlled housing (townhomes, condos, apartments, etc) for low-income individuals. You can apply through your local housing authority.
  • Become a member of your local virtual retirement community by paying an annual fee, which gives you access to groceries, transportation, group outings while aging in place.
  • Look up The Future of Housing Initiative by the AARP, which aims to offer more and more options for affordable retirement communities.
  • Consider a co-op for seniors, which lets you rent out an apartment unit while all residents pool funds to handle the building’s maintenance, assign tasks and chores to one another, and the like.

Have a look at some of our previous posts on benefits for low-income seniors, to help you age in dignity and comfort, or check out the rest of Senior Strong to learn more about different senior housing options!

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William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.
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