Help with Housing
Housing is one of the traditional issues for seniors. The Coronavirus pandemic has made it even worse this past year. Here’s some info about getting help in this time of crisis.
If you lost income due to the pandemic and your rent is going up, you can submit an application for City of Austin RENT (Relief for Emergency Needs of Tenants) to help mitigate the increase.
City of Austin RENT
Travis County has a program too
Travis County Emergency Rent Assistance
And the State of Texas
These programs may be temporarily closed. Please check back later, if so.
You can only receive assistance from one program – no duplication of benefits! – however you can apply to two or more to see which one responds first. City of Austin RENT has been churning applications in about three weeks.
In the medium-term / long-term, you may qualify for affordable housing. (This probably also means downsizing.) City of Austin SMART Housing is for households at 30%, 60% and 80% of Area Median Income.
ATC has an office of Fair Housing which is responsive to complaints filed by LGBTQ+ individuals. The Fair Housing division IS LGBTQ-friendly
Operating under the philosophy that everyone has a right to safe, decent, and fair housing, the Austin Tenants Council fulfills thousands of requests each year for help with housing problems. Austin Tenants Council programs focus on housing discrimination; tenant-landlord education and information; and housing repair and rehabilitation. Our mission is to ensure housing stability by rectifying Fair Housing Act violations and empowering tenants to exercise their rights through mediation, advocacy, and education.
The Many Faces of Housing Discrimination
“We don’t rent to your kind.”
“You’re just not the kind of person we want here.”
“Only five people can rent a three-bedroom apartment under our rules.”
“Congratulations on the new baby. But since you’re in a one-bedroom apartment, you’ll need to move into a two-bedroom unit.”
“I’m sorry, but we’ll have to charge a pet deposit for your guide dog.”
“We have a separate waiting list for people in wheelchairs.”
“Families with children can only live in buildings near the back of the complex.”
Judith Cruz Caballero
Fair Housing Director
Phone 512-637-6621 ext.105
205 Chicon St. Austin, TX 78702
Austin Releases More ‘User-Friendly’ Map Listing Affordable Housing
The City of Austin has released a new comprehensive map of housing for low- and middle-income residents.
The digital map, known as the Affordable Housing Listing, shows an array of income-restricted housing units subsidized or incentivized by the city.
Austin Family Eldercare has a program for
Gay and Lesbian elders called Rainbow Connections ATX
Family Eldercare works with a number of publicly-funded or subsidized residential facilities. AGLSS is therefore able to see and assess LGBTQ-friendliness. We will be updating info about these programs.
In 2014, Family Eldercare developed an LGBT and Aging Resource Guide. A new edition is in the works. In the meantime, here’s a link to download the earlier edition. LGBT and Aging Resource Guide – 2014
- Older adults are an invaluable community resource, waiting to be tapped.
Our vision is to create a region that responds to aging as a dynamic rather than a stagnant force. We are all aging, all the time. And we want to make Central Texas a place that supports each of us,at every age.
Because our community is changing – and it’s not just how you think.
North Texas Senior Housing Guide
The Dallas-Fort Worth-based Coalition on Aging has produced a Guidebook to LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing, listing various facilities that meet up to LGBTQ senior expectations. While these facilities are in North Texas, the Guidebook is a good example of what can be done to assist our population in finding the right services for us.
In Face of Anti-LGBTQ+ Extremism, 200 Senior Living Communities Commit to LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Participating in Inaugural Long Term Care Equality Index (LEI) by HRC Foundation and SAGE
“LGBTQIA+ Senior Housing Options – The Comprehensive Guide” provides a range of LGBTQIA+-friendly senior housing options, legal rights and protections, and key factors to consider when assessing senior housing options for LGBTQIA+ individuals, such as location, cost, and community atmosphere.
You can find the Guide at https://www.caring.com/caregivers/lgbtqia-senior-housing-options/.
SeniorHomes.com offers a guide with practical advice, solutions, and comfort for LGBTQIA+ seniors searching for their perfect home. It discusses key considerations, offers tips for choosing an inclusive and supportive community, and provides insight into legal rights and protections for LGBTQIA+ individuals. The guide is intended to empower your audience with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their future.
Projects in progress
A Senior Housing Project is being developed in Buda called Kindred Uncommon (previously called Cantina). The organizers of the project are members of the Austin LGBTQ community and invite our interest in their project. If you want to learn more about Kindred Uncommon, here’s a link to an article in the Senior Resource Guide about Cantina titled A New Model of Active Adult Senior Living is Coming to the Austin Area.
And here’s a link to their website with artist renderings of the project
dedicated to serving people with HIV and AIDS by providing housing, comprehensive support services, recuperative care and hospice in compassionate and caring environments.
Every person living with HIV deserves compassionate care and a place to call home.
QWELL’s Project in Austin
Affordable Housing for LGBTQ Seniors — updated to Dec 2020
Shelterforce website publishes new information about LBGTQ housing projects across the country. Click here…