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Affordable Housing Eases MI Seniors Into Retirement

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 By Tony BruscatoContact
May 29, 2009

Detroit, MI - Most seniors citizens hope for a retirement of relaxation and unwinding, but during the recession, that dream has become further out of reach for those struggling financially. Advocates for seniors are hoping to spread the word about government-subsidized housing as a realistic alternative, since finding affordable housing in retirement is not easy for seniors who generally live on lower, fixed incomes.

Lou Prues, vice president of planning and business development for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, says many seniors with incomes of $25,000 a year or less are struggling to find housing that fits their budget.

"Three seniors out of four are living in housing that is costing them so much money, they really can't afford to be there, whether it's a house or an apartment."

Subsidized housing can relieve seniors of financial stress, as well as provide many other things that bring joy to life, says Prues.

"They have companionship, they have safety, and community meals. They'll plan social events and put money in a pot to get a bus to go to the theater. We feel it becomes a new life for these seniors."

Lutheran Social Services provides homes for as low as $200 a month, which the organization says is an example of how federal grants can help seniors live independently. More information about facilities funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can be found at www.hud.gov.

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