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All Kinds Of
Information On Housing For Seniors
Affordable Housing Tools and Apartments for Seniors
Harris County Appraisal
Tax Relief for Elder
You must call
to ask for senior discounts on your taxes. Call today!
Special Needs for Seniors
and disabled individuals.
Prepare for long term living with
Care for Elders' Take
Senior Guidance Directory
is available at Walgreen's pharmacies at no charge or visit it
online. Or call
(713) 529-9991 for one to be mailed.
Harris County Housing
Authority (713) 578-2100
For information on Harris County's Section 8 properties, those
that take vouchers, ask for the Residential Specialist.
Project-based subsidized housing are for
low-income individuals and some are exclusively for seniors.
They may offer support services such as meals and
transportation. You need to apply directly to the complex where
you are interested in living. Under this Program, the amount of
your rent is usually 10 percent of your monthly gross income or
30 percent of you income after allowances, whichever is
Project-based Section 8 is a program that helps low-income people get affordable
housing. However, the phrase "Section 8" can be confusing,
because there is another, very different government program
that’s also called "Section 8." In that Section 8 program, you
get a voucher from a Housing Authority that you can use in many
different housing developments.
Project-based Section 8 isn’t like that. If
you get help through Project-based Section 8, you have to live
in a specified, particular housing development. As soon as you
leave that development, you are out of the program.
County Housing Resource Center's list of
affordable senior housing. Click on house. To apply, you must
apply directly, in-person, to the Project-based
Section 8 apartment with necessary documentation.
To see a list of the Section 8 apartments
that take vouchers, click on the link above.
For single room occupancy (SRO) through the City of Houston,
For Section 8 apartments through the City of Houston,
For a list of affordable properties that are affordable
without vouchers, such as project-based and tax credit
properties, click on the link above.
Housing Authority (713) 260-0701
These properties include multiple-family affordable apartments.
purchase downpayment assistance for seniors:
For the City of Houston Community Development
Programs, call (713) 335-8527.
For the Harris County Community Services Department
Assistance Program (DAP) and Downpayment-Plus,
call (713) 578-2210. Or email the
of county lending services.
home repair programs for seniors:
Rebuilding Houston Together:
This program does home repairs only for seniors
over 62 years old, disabled individuals, and individuals with
low-fixed incomes. The Harris County residents must own the
home that they live in and be current on their property taxes.
to send an
email for help.
County Home Repair Program
Arms' Comprehensive Energy Program (713) 956-7456
Sheltering Arms' Comprehensive Energy Program (713)
812-8037 (in Spanish)
Baytown Community Development (281) 420-5390
This program offers housing rehab and repairs, only
within the Baytown city limits.
City of Houston Housing and Community Development (713) 868-8300
Christian Community Service Center (713) 871-9741
This program offers minor repair help for seniors and the
disabled on a case by case basis.
Emergency Aid Coalition (713) 522-0667
Call for eligibility requirements and an application.
Gulf Coast Community
Services (713) 393-4745
This program offers minor home repair for seniors over 62 years
old and disabled residents of Harris County, who are the
Harris County Community Services Development (713) 578-2055
Harris County Housing Resource Center (713) 578-2055
Pasadena Community Development (713) 475-7243
Ramps and Home Modification
modification videos and library
can help you stay in your home.|
Gulf Coast Home Safety and Security (713) 393-4745
For air conditions from the
Houston (713) 868-8400
To be eligible for the City of Houston's
Beat the Heat program, residents must be at least 62 years
old or disabled, verified by Social Security Disability, have
title of the home in their name, have lived in the home for more
than 6 months, and meet income guidelines: for example a single
person can not make more than $1,700 a month.
Housing for seniors:
Public housing refers to rental units that are available to
low-income senior adults. The rent charged is usually no more
than 30 percent of the senior’s income. In Houston, there are
sixteen public housing locations. Thirteen of these have some
space set aside for senior adults, while three are designed
exclusively for seniors.
for a list of public housing.
Homeless Shelters for seniors:
The emergency shelters provide
shelter for senior adults who are homeless due to emergency
financial crisis, not abuse. For immediate and safe shelter,
call (713) 739-7514, the
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc
Options for seniors:
There are many different types of housing
options available for seniors today. Seniors are able to select
a housing option that meet their individual needs, from
independent living to skilled nursing care. Some facilities
allow for only one stage of life, while other facilities allow
seniors to make the transition from one stage of life to another
without leaving the facility.
Retirement Communities or Independent Living Facilities for
These facilities allow seniors to continue
living independently and can be apartment buildings, townhouses,
or rooms that require little or no maintenance. Services
provided vary depending on the type and cost of the facility,
and seniors are responsible for their own finances,
transportation, meals, and health care. Recreational activities
are usually offered, maid service may be provided, and some
meals may be provided in a community dining room. Some
facilities offer transportation to the doctor or shopping
For information on being a caregiver or caregiver services,
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) for seniors
CCRC’s are housing communities that provide
different levels of care based on the residents’ needs, from
independent living to skilled nursing care in an affiliated
nursing home. These communities are sometimes referred to as
“lifecare” because they allow you to move from one type of care
or level to the next without leaving the community. Many CCRC’s
require a large payment prior to admission and also charge a
monthly service fee. Be sure to check the quality records of
the CCRC’s nursing home because the CCRC contract usually
requires you to use the facility’s nursing home.
Assisted Living Facilities for seniors:
These housing facilities combine a level of
independent living with some assistance for personal care.
living facilities offer seniors the privacy of
their own bedroom, often with a small kitchen area. Most offer
three meals a day in a community dining room, snacks, laundry
services, housekeeping, assistance with bathing, dressing,
personal grooming, and medication supervision. These facilities
are not designed for people who need serious medical care. Some
assisted living facilities offer housing for Alzheimer’s,
dementia, and memory loss residents. In most cases, residents
pay a monthly rent and additional fees for specific services.
Medicare does not pay for assisted living facilities. In very
limited circumstances, Medicaid will cover the cost of assisted
living facilities for certain qualified Medicaid recipients.
Directions for looking up assisted living
Check the box next to Assisted Living; type
as the city, or the city you are interested in; and select
or another state, from the state list; then click on the go
Residential Care Homes (also known as Personal Care Homes) for
These group living facilities, usually single
family homes, are designed to meet the needs of people who
cannot live independently, but do not require nursing home
services. These homes provide some type of assistance with
daily living activities, including eating, walking, bathing, and
toileting. Some homes provide skilled nursing, rehabilitative
services, or specialized care for medical illnesses, such as
Alzheimer’s disease. Medicare does not cover the cost of these
facilities, and only a very limited number of qualified Medicaid
recipients may receive some assistance in paying for this type
of facility. All residential care homes in Texas with more than
four residents must be licensed.
Skilled Nursing, formerly known as Nursing Homes for seniors:
These facilities are designed for residents
who need nursing care due to illness or physical or mental
disabilities. These facilities accept residents for short-term
recovery as well as long-term stays. A registered nurse is on
duty 24 hours a day and theses facilities offer the highest
level of nursing care short of hospitalization. The State of
Texas licenses all nursing homes for Medicare and Medicaid.
For information on hospice and palliative care facilities,
Housing for seniors:
Accessible housing that offers features that
allow the disabled to live independently can be difficult to
Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse can provide
you with a list of member apartment complexes and the amenities
each one offers. Their description of each complex is detailed
and includes such features as wide doorways, low vanities,
ramped entries, elevators, features for the hearing impaired and
much, much more. (Directions for using the NAAC Web site:
enter the city and state from the drop down list; or enter the
desired 5-digit zip code; then click on the submit button.)
Corporation of Greater Houston
is a non-profit organization that develops and manages low-income
housing for senior adults, the disabled, and others with special
Social Ministry Coalitions
Ministries provide emergency assistance with utility bills,
rent, and other critical needs if funds are available. Some may
also assist with food and clothing. Go to our Housing Resource
Center page on
According to the Houston Bar Association’s
Elder Law Handbook, anyone may file an application with the
court requesting that a guardian be appointed for someone that
is believed to be incapacitated. A person is considered to be
incapacitated if, because of a mental or physical condition, the
person is unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter for
himself or herself, cannot take care of his/her physical health,
or cannot manage his/her financial affairs. However, just
because a person is advanced in age or hospitalized does not
automatically mean that the person is incapacitated. Once an
application for guardianship has been made, the court
investigates and appoints an attorney ad litem to represent the
person proposed to be incapacitated and a hearing or trial is
held. If the court determines that a person is incapacitated, a
guardian is appointed. Although this guardian is usually a
spouse or relative, it is up to the court to determine who is
best to serve.
Becoming a guardian is not necessarily the
best way to handle a loved one’s medical needs or financial
affairs if he/she becomes incapacitated. It is expensive and
tightly controlled by the court. The costs of handling a
guardianship include attorney’s fees, filing fees, attorney ad
litem fees, and bond premiums to be paid out of the
incapacitated person’s estate. Also, the guardian must file
yearly reports to the court showing all receipts and
expenditures made on the person’s behalf.
Avoiding Guardianship – Advance Directives
As a loved one grows older, it is wise to
choose ahead of time a relative or trusted friend who will have
the legal authority to handle medical decisions and/or financial
affairs if that person should become incapacitated in the
future. You should take action now to avoid having to setup a
guardianship. You do this by executing legal documents known as
Advance Directives. Advance Directives include a Medical Power
of Attorney, which addresses health needs, and Statutory Durable
Powers of Attorney for addressing financial affairs.
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