There are several agencies available to you when exploring your housing options in Central Florida.
This site allows you to search by city and state for a wide range of housing options (active retirement communities, independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, and housing for people with Alzheimer’s). Also included on this site are articles on related topics such as the different types of senior housing, how to select senior housing, and your financing options.
This site provides consumer information on a range of housing topics. Here you will find articles and checklists on home modification and safety issues, nursing homes, assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, housing options such as home sharing, and more. The information is geared towards all types of housing situations from living on your own to living with full-time care.
A Place for Mom
A Place for Mom helps seniors and their families find senior housing and senior care based on their unique needs and budget. Founded in 2000, they are the nation’s largest senior living referral service.
The Florida Commission on Human Relations
The Florida state agency charged with enforcing state civil rights laws concerning the protected classes of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status and familial status. The Commission also serves as a resource on human relations for the people of Florida and investigates complaints in the areas of areas of employment, housing, public accommodations and state employee whistle-blower retaliation. A special section on 55+ Communities is available at http://fchr.state.fl.us/55_communities__1
How Well Does Your Home Meet Your Needs?:
This article and assessment tool, originally from AARP, guides you through looking at your current home to determine if it is supporting your safety and independence. This article includes a short quiz to evaluate specific aspects of your home for safety and usability, for example, whether you can easily open and close your windows. It also provides some tips on how you can modify your current home to make it more “user-friendly”.
Housing and Neighborhood Development Services of Central Florida
Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS) of Central Florida assists you with buying an affordable home or renting an apartment. The website enables you to search by zip code for an affordable apartment in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake County. This site also lists new or rehabbed affordable homes that have prices listed below the standard market rate. HANDS provides comprehensive private housing counseling sessions and homebuyer education seminars; see this site for dates, locations, and registration information.
Florida Affordable Assisted Living
This website, a project of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’, provides a host of consumer resources on affordable assisted living. It includes a searchable directory of assisted living and adult family care homes in Florida.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Information for Senior Citizens
This section of HUD’s website offers an overview of senior housing, with resource topics ranging from living in your own home to finding housing with support services. There is information on public housing options and a searchable database of low-rent apartments by locality.
This website helps seniors find their ideal retirement home. The service is free and easy to use, offering up-to-date listing information on senior housing in the U.S. and Canada.