The federal government maintains as online clearinghouse for grants that are available to senior citizens. A little digging can turn up grant funding for individuals in need of assistance or community development programs.
The Government Accountability Office reports
a number of housing assistance programs for the elderly — as many as 23.
For those seniors needing to repair their homes, the Department of Housing and Urban Development offers federal loan programs
as well as community programs that can help.
Seniors in need of subsidized housing can apply for vouchers, provided the housing meets HUD's health and safety standards.
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Thanks to the Older Americans Act, seniors can apply for home modification funds to make changes to their homes that will make their homes more accessible and comfortable. Seniors wanting to make their homes more user-friendly can visit the Department of Health and Human Services' Eldercare portal
or call 1-800-677-1116 to find a local agency.
For home-repair grants in rural communities, seniors can contact the Department of Agriculture
. Grant applicants must be seniors 62 and older and unable to repay a loan.
GrantWatch.com also offers information on aging and seniors
specific to states and cities. The site has information on grants for geriatric care, immediate human needs, community improvement initiatives, academic enrichment, arts and health needs. They number more than 500.
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also offers a searchable database for more than 11,000 programs on grants and assistance. It includes a category for the elderly, aging, and seniors.
The AARP Foundation also works to raise money
and awareness for programs specific to struggling seniors. Those include tax aide, housing assistance, and finances.
The Consumer Electronics Association provides foundation grants
"to organizations improving the lives of seniors and the disabled through technology," according to the Assisted Living Federation of America
“When we started … very quickly our board focused in on aging and people with disabilities as two areas that certainly our industry and our technologies can make a difference,” CEA Foundation Executive Director Steve Ewell told ALFA.
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