Monday, February 15, 2016

Last week I wrote about the lack of  housing for older women and the popularity of the tiny house movement. If you missed it you can read it here

Older women seem to have fallen through the cracks. Because many of us spent a large portion of our adult lives as caregivers, we don't have pensions and our social security checks leave us living below the poverty level. 

I have been talking to other women a lot about this lately. Brenda at Cozy Little House  and I have discussed this many times. I am 65 and have been on the waiting list for an apartment for almost two years. Brenda, who is still in her fifties is not old enough to get into a senior apartment yet. 

We have been left wondering why there are not more affordable and safe apartments for adults over the age of 55.

Then I woke up to this article in my morning paper, and realized what has been happening in my own state. 

Lexington developer turns Campton's old school into affordable housing. I expected it to be the usual story about affordable housing for families, but turns out it is for low income adults over the age of 55, and apparently this is not the first.

I love that the developer, Holly Weidemann, is saving historical buildings at the same time that she is creating this housing, and what I can see from the photos of this project, the apartments look beautiful, with hardwood floors, lovely kitchens,

and large windows. 

I love the gray painted walls and the spacious bathroom.

It is wonderful that someone is taking the initiative to restore these old buildings and to provide affordable housing for people over the age of 55, but I am wondering why it is so difficult to find these projects. I have been googling over 55 low income housing in my state for some time and haven't come across the apartments that are out there. 

Is it because there is such a demand that they don't have to advertise them? If so that tells us what a great need there is. I am hoping that more developers will take the initiative to fill this need. 

Do you have similar projects where you live? 

Photo Credits:

#2 through #4 Kentucky Rents


  1. My father recently passed away and my mother is alone now and navigating the adventure of finding a new place to live. I've never heard of this type of apartment, but something like this would be perfect for her. I'll have to see if there are any locally. Thanks for the post!

  2. Good post, Laura. I'm sure they are in high demand and that's why they don't have to advertise. Have a great week.

  3. We do have some senior apts here in Athens, GA. Some are rent reduced if you qualify. I am in the same place as you, single, low income and just trying to make ends meet. I would love to see more 'baby boomer' over 55 housing!

  4. I'm not aware of any of those around me but I haven't been looking for them either. So, I'm not sure. It's nice to see that they exist though.

  5. I've been watching the movement of contractors buying up old schools, etc., and turning them into affordable housing for seniors for a couple of years. Just wish they had something like that here. I'd love to live in an historic building. The crap they build nowadays I don't care for. I think that the age of the baby boomers is taking a toll on affordable housing.

  6. Oh my, this is amazing! The apartments are awesome and do you have to pay a low rental, or how does it go. Thanks for sharing this info.
    Who knows, if I'm alone one day, hope not, but if, I might go back to the States to live near my DD in Florida.

  7. I hope this does become more available. At 72 I worry about this because I would never want to live with my kids, just would not want to burden them, plus would want to stay independent as long as possible.

  8. There are a good many senior living apartment complexes in our area in Texas.

  9. So how do you get your name on the list for that new building? It looks lovely!! Perhaps if she knows you posted about it that may help move you up the list? :)

  10. This is such a great idea! I haven't seen anything like that around here, but there are lots of nice senior apartment complexes here.

  11. This is a good post, Laura, and important to consider. It's not enough to have housing, but as you said, something affordable and safe. It's good to see that some are restoring buildings and making them beautiful living spaces. I hope this is a trend.

  12. In France, those buildings exists in some parts of the country and not in others. There's one in a beautiful old building in a town near my cottage, but there are none in my grand-mother's town and she doesn't want to move out of town.

  13. We have a lack of affordable housing in our community and many are working to fix this. We also have a very nice building across from the library that is for low income older adults.
    With such a need in any community it should be a great opportunity for developers. You can always check with agencies that help senior citizens and find out what is available in your community.


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