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generally responsible for their own utilities, and personal care. These communities do not offer the type of personal care services that assisted living communities and memory care facilities provide, however often have recreational centers or clubhouses available on site to give seniors the opportunity to connect with neighbors and participate in community activities, such as arts and crafts, holiday gatherings, continuing education classes, movie nights, or game nights and more. Some 55 plus communities provide laundry and kitchen services, as well as 24-hour staff and/or concierge to attend to any other needs. Many communities offer amenities such as: • Swimming pools • Dance classes • Fitness programs • Art studios • Religious activities • Organized card, board and video games • Billiards • Putting greens/golf courses If a community does not offer such opportunities on site, they may supply transportation to off-site locations for these activities. Most community fees include landscaping services and security. Affordable Housing The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) creates affordable housing   through assistive services for seniors and the disabled. There are three types of affordable rent programs: • Public Housing: owned and run by local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). • Multifamily Subsidized Housing: privately owned housing that is subsidized by HUD. • Housing Vouchers: provide rental assistance to individuals and families for housing in the private market. Keep in mind that HUD programs are designed primarily for independent seniors and the waiting lists for HUD housing are often long (from two to five years). 12 www.PolkElderCare.com


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