Housing
Housing and Financial-Relief Programs for Older Adults

 

Finding safe, affordable housing for older adults and adults with disabilities, particularly low-income adults, is one of the biggest challenges in this region. 

Housing ranges from ADA-accessible apartments to Section 8 subsidized housing to 60+ communities. Then there are assisted living communities, group homes, memory care facilities, long-term care facilities, and many other options.

 

If you need assistance determining which type of housing would be best for your needs, or you are looking for housing resources in a particular area, contact the Information and Assistance Line at 423-928-3258.

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ASSISTED LIVING AND NURSING FACILITIES
Assisted living facilities are designed for older people who are no longer able to manage living independently and need help with daily activities such as bathing or dressing, but don’t require the round-the-clock health care that a nursing home would provide. CLICK HERE to learn more.

SENIOR HOUSING
There are many types of senior housing available for older adults, based on income and physical needs. CLICK HERE to learn more.

HOUSING AUTHORITIES, LOW-INCOME HOUSING AND SECTION 8 VOUCHERS
Local Housing Authorities provide public housing opportunities at different locations for eligible Northeast Tennessee families and for those who are elderly and disabled. Rent is determined by income. CLICK HERE to learn more.

GROUP HOMES
The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) is the state agency responsible for administering services and support to Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DIDD provides residential community Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) at homes that provide 24-hour support and maintain the physical, intellectual, social and emotional capabilities of people supported. CLICK HERE to learn more.

EMERGENCY HOME REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS
This First Tennessee Development District grant program provides essential housing repairs for very-low-income seniors.  Work typically involves repairs to roofs, electrical systems, plumbing systems, septic systems, heat and air systems, and structural repairs. CLICK HERE to learn more.

PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
Tennessee state law provides for property tax relief for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners, as well as disabled veteran homeowners or their surviving spouses. This is a state program funded by appropriations authorized by the General Assembly. Contact your county trustee to apply. CLICK HERE to learn more.

HELP PAYING UTILITIES
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides aid to the most vulnerable in our society, such as elderly disabled, and homes with small children. CLICK HERE to learn more.

HOME-BUYING AND DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE
he First Tennessee Development District’s housing program is funded through grants from Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), the Northeast Tennessee/Virginia HOME Consortium and HUD Community Block Grant Developments.  We provide technical assistance and grant writing to the communities in our eight-county region. CLICK HERE to learn more.