Which Programs Fund HUD Assisted Living?
- HUD provides assisted living financing to seniors through Section 8 and Section 202. Find out more about these programs in this article from Health Advisor.
Although the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides assisted living financing to organizations interested in constructing assisted living facilities, there is also a federal program that provides financial assistance for individuals who need help paying for assisted living expenses — it's called Section 8.
HUD Assisted Living Financing
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is the name of the federal government program that offers subsidized or free housing to people living in poverty, including low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities who could not otherwise afford rent.
Local public housing agencies administer Section 8 programs, and the requirements, application process and other specifics vary by state. Visit your state's housing assistance website for more details on how to apply.
Section 8 benefits can only be used to pay for the cost of an assisted living room. These funds can not be used to pay for food or other services.
Low-income seniors who are age 62 or over may qualify for HUD's Section 202 program. This housing assistance program finances the construction of both independent and assisted living environments. Section 202 was established in 1959, and as of now, it's the only government program that provides funds to help build senior housing.
The federal government funds Section 202, and these funds are distributed at the state and county levels to nonprofit organizations so they can build affordable senior housing that's suitable, safe and encourages people to live independently.
Seniors who are 62 and over and very low income may qualify to live in Section 202 housing — typically, individuals can apply directly to the community they're interested in living in.
To find out more information about low-income housing available for seniors in your region, visit HUD.gov or reach out to your state's affordable housing organization. Representatives within these organizations can help you figure out whether you qualify for HUD assisted living financing.