Friday, February 18, 2011

'Affordable' Senior Housing--Three Models

"Affordable Senior Housing" isn't a marketing term. It describes housing for low to moderate-income elders that offers clean, well-maintained apartments at a low price. Perhaps your aging parent might be interested.

Nationwide,low-budget senior living options take many forms. While they all have age and income limits, they differ in terms of cost, sponsorship, services and amenities. Here are three models in the Greater Seattle area.

HUD Affordable Housing--Northaven Retirement Apartments in North Seattle, offers more services than most HUD communities. Its 194 apartments have "market rates" rents from $468 to $624. Even lower rates are possible for those with incomes of $18,000 or less. The biggest plus about Northaven are the extras--one meal each weekday for $125 a month, plus housekeeping, transportation and on-site assisted living.

Other Income Qualified Apartments--Woodlands at Forbes Lake in Kirkland, Washington, offers subsidized senior housing of a different sort. A newer building, it has spacious common areas including a library, dining area, kitchen and computer area. Apartments are larger than found in HUD housing--no studios. Rents range from $726 to $1050, well below market. This community is owned by SHAG (Senior Housing Assistance Group.)

Full-Service Retirement Community--Evergreen Court in Bellevue, Washington, is a retirement and assisted living community for low to moderate-income seniors. With three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, transportation and activities, it fills a unique niche in this region. Besides retirement living, ranging from $1712 to $2446 for spacious one and two-bedrooms, assisted living is also available.

Affordable senior housing takes other forms: vouchers and apartments set aside for low-income people within a building which is otherwise market rate.

To find affordable senior housing in your area, contact your senior services department.

16 comments:

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  4. Living in a retirement community is truly better because of the support and care that the people will receive. The retirement communities new york for example offers a good living space and amenities in a reasonable price.

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  5. You've presented some great options. I have been looking for senior apartments in Ohio for my mother. The number one priority to us is quality and then price.

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  6. Thanks for your thoughts, Nicole! Depending on your mother's income, you may find HUD senior apartments (the least expensive) or tax credit affordable apartments (still less than market rate.) Tax credit apartments have a higher income limit, and offer more amenities and common areas. Often social workers at your local senior center can give you ideas on good budget options. Good luck!

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  7. This is what I'm looking for an affordable housing for our seniors of Uptown retirement community.

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  8. If i dont know where the senior services department, could i go through my local assisted living in Puyallup WA? I dont live there but its time for my mother to move into something like this.

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  9. Thanks for commenting. For low-income senior housing, your senior center is the best source. See the link:
    http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/services/senior-services/

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  12. Senior Care at Home is the most cost effective option.It is also preferred by most seniors because they can live in the comfort of their homes with assistance as per need and also remain close to their family .

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