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Housing Options             for Rural Seniors

Each person experiences the aging process differently. Some people are able to maintain lifelong health and independence, while others find that they face increasingly more difficult challenges to their abilities to take care of themselves. The difficulties that aging can bring are felt not only by elderly people but also by their children and grandchildren, making the question of how to address these issues one of intergenerational importance. Adding urgency to this question is the fact that America’s elderly population is growing rapidly: the U.S. Census Bureau forecasts that the proportion of people age 65 and older will grow from 12.5 percent in 1990 to 17.7 percent in 2020, a 41.6 percent increase.

The Housing Programs of USDA Rural Development recognizes the importance of providing rural seniors with a wide range of living options, which is why we invest heavily in programs that help elderly people live with as much independence and dignity as possible. These include:

Home Repair Loan and Grant Program  - Makes vital home repairs for very-low-income seniors.

Rural Rental Housing Program - Provides affordable rental housing to seniors and people with disabilities (as well as families).

Rental Assistance Program - - Makes rents in the Section 515 program affordable to tenants with very low incomes.

Community Facilities Program - Finances a variety of elderly care facilities.

Detailed information and applications for financial assistance are available through the USDA Rural Development State or Area Offices.

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 Last modified: April 01, 2009