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?
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