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. Assisted living facilities usually provide residents with their own apartments or rooms, as well as some common areas. They offer around-the-clock supervision and a range of services, including meals, housekeeping and laundry, as well as assistance with personal care and help with medications.
For help finding a facility, one of the best sources is ELDERCARE LOCATOR, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach them at 1-800-677-1116.
There are many types of senior housing available for older adults, based on income and physical needs, including:
Home Care Services
Subsidized Senior Housing
Independent Living Communities
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
If you need assistance with housing and would like more information about any of these options, contact the FTAAAAD Information & Assistance Line at 1-866-836-6678.
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. To learn about eligibility requirements and how to get on the public housing wait lists, contact the appropriate office below.
JOHNSON CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY 423-232-4784
KINGSPORT HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 423-245-0135
BRISTOL HOUSING (TN) 423-274-8150
GREENEVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY 423-638-3111
ROGERSVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY 423-272-8540
ERWIN HOUSING AUTHORITY 423-743-5231
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. These homes are located communities throughout the state. The homes meet all applicable federal and state code requirements for ICF/IID homes, are wheelchair accessible and have the added safety measure of fire sprinkler systems.
While providing daily services and supports, state employees are responsible for ensuring the daily health, safety and welfare of people supported. The services typically provided include personalized care, self-help training, ambulating, communication and socialization skills, intensive care for personalized rehabilitation training in self-help, language development, sensory stimulation and motor skills. CLICK HERE to learn more.
EMERGENCY HOME REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS
This First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) grant program provides funding for essential housing repairs for
very-low-income older adults. Work typically involves repairs to roofs, electrical systems, plumbing systems, septic systems, heat and air systems, and structural repairs. The maximum grant is $10,000. Eligible applicants must be at least 60 years old, be at or below 60% of the area's median income, and have ownership interest in the property. If the housing is a mobile home, the homeowner must own the unit, but does not have to own the land on which it rests.
For more information or an application, please visit this LINK to identify the appropriate contact for your region.
If you would like to speak with a Housing Specialist at FTDD, call 423-928-0024 and ask for the Housing Department. Or visit the FTDD website HERE.
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 ELECTRIC BILLS
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides aid to the most vulnerable in our society, such as elderly disabled, and homes with small children.
Many of our neighbors struggle to afford their energy costs, such as heating, cooling, firewood, coal, and gas.
Sometimes they have to decide between feeding their families or purchasing medication and paying their energy bill.
LIHEAP lifts that burden so they do not have to choose.
In Northeast Tennessee, LIHEAP is available through the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency.
CLICK HERE to access the application.
HOME-BUYING AND DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE
The 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. We also assist in the development of non-profit organizations who are interested in low income housing in our area.
CLICK HERE to learn more, or to access online applications.