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How do I find a place to live on low income?

How to find aplace to live on low income? Near Grain Valley MO.
Status: Open    Sep 18, 2015 - 07:34 AM

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Sep 25, 2015 - 09:29 AM

Hi - You don't mention what type of living situation you are searching for but I do have some general resources and information that may help.

Federal law prevents A Place for Mom from referring families to certain senior housing communities if the family desires to use public funds for housing costs. We have compiled tools to assist families with conducting their own independent search. There are government resources available to help with the search for options in low income senior housing. A few are listed below:

Administration for Community Living ( ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan. ( This helpful website offers fact sheets, booklets and links to federal websites.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( Here you can find information on affordable housing for seniors and rental assistance, among other things.

The National Council on Aging ( Provides a list of federal and state assistance programs.

Department of Veterans Affairs ( Veteran’s benefits provide those who have served their country (some benefits extend to their spouses as well) financial assistance during their retirement years. To learn if you are eligible, visit this website and review the information under “Veteran Services.”


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By jm894186 on Feb 19, 2017 - 06:09 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

I am 7& years old, lost my wife to Alzheimer's.
I moved to Oceanside, CA. I HAVE A 500.00 A MONTH WINDOW. CAN'T FIND ANYTHING.

By jlimon5717 on Mar 20, 2017 - 09:03 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

I am a 60 year old man that saved lives for 40 years as a Respiratory therapist. I got ill with all kind of painful and joint deforming problems and it is very hard for me to work now. I am not making any money since January 15th 2017. Im live with a friend but just till the end of the month then Ill be living in my truck please, please anyone out there can you help me.

By Angel on Mar 20, 2017 - 09:36 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

Jlimon5717 - I'm sorry to hear of your situation. I highly recommend that you contact the agencies listed above as soon as possible, there are agencies that can help but it may take time. I would also recommend that you speak with your doctor or medical staff as they will have local resources.

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Nov 08, 2015 - 10:05 AM

I've called all the senior housing places in Colorado Springs and the costs are ridiculous. Right now I have a part time job, but when I can no longer work I need a place to live that I can afford. I'm not talking about an assisted living place, just a place for seniors. Will these government agencies help me? I am disabled but very mobile and don't need assisted living. do I have to stay in a place that will be hard to afford and is not senior friendly. I'm almost 64 so am eligible for senior housing. What should I do, do i start now to try and get the future more secure.

Apr 16, 2016 - 09:04 AM

Colorado is an expensive place to live. A Priest from my church moved to Denver a year ago to pastor a church and the housing costs are higher than where I live in Southeastern Wisconsin. You might want to consider another state to retire. I live in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin zip code 53066. We are a small community of 12,000 located between Madison and Milwaukee. To get a Section 8 Senior Apartment it can happen right away, or it can take 1-3 years. I helped a man moving from another state to Wisconsin by calling up the Senior apartments near me and getting him on the waiting list. He was able to move into a Project Section 8 Senior Apartment near me in a year.

My husband and I are both disabled with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher. It took us two years to move from New York to Wisconsin due to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher cuts from Washington, DC. We prayed for two years to move where we live now. We kept calling the housing authority office until one day the Section 8 Voucher money was restored! We visited and moved here two months later. Timing was everything!

I recommend you call each and every apartment you are interested in moving to and have them send you an application and get on their waiting list ASAP!
It might take a while, but it is worth it in the end to get the housing you want where you want to live. Many Section 8 Voucher lists are currently closed due to HUD budget cuts from Washington DC, but many apartment complexes offer Project Section 8 Housing Assistance where you pay 30% of your income for an apartment.

There are shortages in affordable senior apartments nationwide. We moved to affordable housing for all ages due to this shortage. We live in an old renovated school which accepts people of all ages. The current residents range in age from infants to age eighty! We love it because we are both retired disabled teachers who love children.

Persistence is the key to getting the apartment you want where you want to live! Best wishes in your search!

Source: Christine Partin

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