There are several different options for low income seniors.
Public Housing consists of low-cost apartment homes that are owned and operated by the local housing authority. They typically require tenants to pay no more than 30 percent of their monthly income for rent. To apply for public housing, visit the housing authority for the city in which you want to live
Section 8 is a voucher system that allows very low-income families to choose where they want to live, subject to HUD standards, by providing rental certificates that limit tenants’ rent to 30 percent of their adjusted monthly income. Very low-income families with incomes not exceeding 50 percent of the median income for the area can qualify for the program. Apply at your local housing authority and/or the housing authority for the city in which you want to live. Since these vouchers are “portable,” you can receive them in one city and take them to another city. There is typically a long waiting list for Section 8 vouchers, especially in larger cities.
Section 202 Housing is senior citizen housing, usually with supportive services such as meals, transportation, and accommodations for the disabled. Occupancy is open to very low-income households with at least one person 62 years of age or older, and the disabled. To apply, visit the community directly.
Affordable HUD Apartments are privately owned but contract with HUD and calculate rent based on the resident’s income. Basic rent is typically no more than 30 percent of a resident’s adjusted monthly income. These are not associated with local housing authorities. Applications are made directly to the complex in which you wish to live.
We have noted the senior communities in Dallas/Fort Worth that offer either affordable, low-income or subsidized housing options for seniors. There are typically waiting lists for these communities so apply early and apply to many.
Find out more about vacancies by visiting the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Vacancy Clearinghouse.