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Senior Housing Facilities

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The Elder Housing Unit was established in September 2005 within the Communities for a Lifetime Initiative. The mission of the Elder Housing Unit is to provide information and technical assistance to elders and community leaders about affordable housing and assisted living choices, so that everyone can age in place with dignity.

Florida Affordable Assisted Living Website

If you would like more information regarding assisted living or would like to search for a licensed facility, please visit the Florida Affordable Assisted Living Website at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/faal/. This website has been designed to be a comprehensive clearinghouse of information for consumers, operators, and developers of assisted living in Florida.

Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Family Care Homes, Adult Day Care Centers, and Nursing Homes

To read the information about these facilities, click on the links provided on the left pane.

Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the federal agency that oversees the public housing and Section 8 rental housing programs. In addition, HUD provides information regarding buying, selling and/or renting a home, as well as other housing-related information for consumers.

Visit the following websites for more information about housing:

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find a list of independent senior housing?

There is no single source that lists all independent living options available to elders. However, you can find the listings of independent living apartments or houses in the following sources:

  1. You can use your Internet search engine to locate independent living housing for elders. Examples of terms to enter into your Internet search engine include "elder housing," "senior apartments," etc.

  2. The Florida Commission on Human Relations maintains a database of housing facilities targeting people aged 55+.

  3. Look for the senior housing listings in your local telephone directory. This information may be found in the community information pages.

  4. Call Florida's information and referral service for elders at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) and ask for elder independent housing referrals. They may refer you to the local elder helpline in your particular county.

  5. Your local Aging Resource Center may provide you with independent housing listings. Their telephone numbers are listed on our Aging Resource Center page.

  6. If you are on a limited income and need housing assistance, contact your local housing authority for the information on Section 8 housing choice voucher or Section 202 senior housing program. You must meet certain criteria to qualify. There is usually a waiting list for these programs.

  7. A Website sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, www.floridahousingsearch.org , is an excellent source for the listings of affordable housing in Florida. It also includes other useful resources. You can also use their toll-free helpline to access the information at 1-877-428-8844.

I am a developer interested in building affordable housing for seniors. Do you know of any resources that could help me?

Florida Housing Finance Corporation is one of the most important financing providers for development of affordable housing in Florida. Please review the Housing Resources and Developers pages of their Web site for funding options and services that may be applicable to your goals.

Florida Housing Coalition has a wealth of knowledge about community development and affordable housing and provides technical assistance to interested parties. It will be very helpful to attend their workshops to learn about how to better use the funding available through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

The following website links are included to provide you with additional resources for your housing initiatives. Each of the organizations/entities offers various community development loans and/or grants to leverage housing funding.

I want to become an assisted living facility (ALF) administrator. How do I find core training providers?

After September 2, 2009, core trainers must be registered with the Department of Elder Affairs to provide core training pursuant to section 429.52(9), Florida Statutes. Click here for a list of approved core trainers.


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