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My mom has limited income. How can I find her a place to live?

My mother is living two hours away in a subsidized living apartment. I need to move her closer to help her with shopping and appointments she should not be driving anymore. There are three year waiting lists here for apartments. My condo has stairs and she can not get up or down them. Her lincome is only 800.00 a month. What on earth do we do?
Status: Open    Sep 21, 2015 - 08:12 AM

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Sep 22, 2015 - 10:46 AM

Your mom is very lucky to have you advocating for her well-being. The timeline you reference above is accurate in so many places. I would not hesitate to say that Americans in general are in a near crisis state for housing options for elderly with limited income.

There are government resources available to help with the search for options. A few are listed below:

• Administration on Aging ( ): The “Elders and Families” section of the AoA is particularly useful for accessing links to information regarding state and local services for older adults and their families; public and private benefits programs; Medicare; and long-term care planning

• ( ): 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.”

• ( ): A comprehensive guide on disability programs and services, including Social Security benefits and affordable, accessible housing. The website provides links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations.

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