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Old 12-02-2015, 09:08 PM
 
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I'm originally from Orange County, Southern California. I've only lived in the Pollock Pines, Northern California area up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains-foothills area for a very short time. I need to move sometime after the first of the year (2016). I'm on disability and can only afford between $400 and $800 a month rent. I'm a woman in my 50's, widowed with two cats. I don't have a car and I need to live close to a bus line or be within walking distance to a market, drug store, bank, etc.

I'd like to be down the hill and below the snow line and closer to more entertainment like malls, restaurants, theater, etc. I hear Davis, Roseville, Folsom, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and Placerville are nice places. I'm hoping to find a place where people are friendly and there are more people in my age group 50's and 60's.

Does anyone have any information about these areas, what they are like, what it's like living in these towns, the general atmosphere, personality of these towns? For example, are some areas more snobby, more redneck, more of a small town feel, more of a big city feel, etc.

Thank you for any advice and information you can provide.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:30 PM
 
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You might be able to find an apartment in Sacramento, for under $800 a month. Sacramento is big, and I can't really list all the areas that you might or might not want to live in, but there are lots of Sacramento experts who could probably tell you about specific areas. sacramento apartments / housing rentals - craigslist

I don't know what rent is in Placerville, but in the other places you named it would be out of your budget unless you have a section 8 voucher or can get in a HUD project based low income apartment.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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You can find a place in Sacramento for $800 a month. You can also probably find a place in Placerville for $800 per month. I think Placerville gets a little snow.

One place you might want to consider is Paradise which is about 15 miles from Chico. I have a high school friend who lives there and loves it. There are lots of seniors there. It's above the fog and below the snow (although I think some years they do get a little snow).

I have two cats also and am finding it a bit of a challenge finding a place that accepts more than 1 pet.

Something to consider is finding Senior housing. They tend to be close to bus lines, stores, etc....There are places 62 and over that will accept someone who is disabled at any age. There are also 55 and over communities.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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I think you'd love Davis. It's easy to get around in on the bus system. Also, if you can ride a bike, you can get around town easily. The town is flat and known for being bike-friendly. The Amtrak station is right downtown, too.

It's expensive to live there, so as 2sleepy said, you'd have to find a low-income place and get on their waiting list.

You might want to consider Chico. Because it's a college town, there is a lot of entertainment. It's more affordable than the other places you mentioned. It's an attractive town. I haven't been there in years, but I really like college towns. There are always people of all ages, but the college energy makes a town more vibrant, and there is usually a lot of good entertainment on campus and around town. They normally also have decent bus transportation.

Because you're disabled, you could get on waiting lists for subsidized senior housing. For any area you want to check out, google the city and county and "housing authority." Then see if they have a list of affordable housing on their site. If not, call them and ask how to get it.

Good luck.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:51 PM
 
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Redhummingbird and I were posting at the same time. Great minds think alike :-)
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Old 12-03-2015, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I'm originally from Orange County, Southern California. I've only lived in the Pollock Pines, Northern California area up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains-foothills area for a very short time. I need to move sometime after the first of the year (2016). I'm on disability and can only afford between $400 and $800 a month rent. I'm a woman in my 50's, widowed with two cats. I don't have a car and I need to live close to a bus line or be within walking distance to a market, drug store, bank, etc.

I'd like to be down the hill and below the snow line and closer to more entertainment like malls, restaurants, theater, etc. I hear Davis, Roseville, Folsom, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and Placerville are nice places. I'm hoping to find a place where people are friendly and there are more people in my age group 50's and 60's.

Does anyone have any information about these areas, what they are like, what it's like living in these towns, the general atmosphere, personality of these towns? For example, are some areas more snobby, more redneck, more of a small town feel, more of a big city feel, etc.

Thank you for any advice and information you can provide.
Given what you said, I wouldn't initially recommend CA. Is there a reason it has to be there?
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:17 PM
 
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Redhummingbird and I were posting at the same time. Great minds think alike :-)
Yes indeed.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:34 PM
 
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Given what you said, I wouldn't initially recommend CA. Is there a reason it has to be there?
I'm on a tight budget and can't afford to move out of the state. Also, I'm on state funded medical care. If I leave California, I'll lose my medical care.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:41 PM
 
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Turns out I won't be able to afford as much as I originally thought. I can only afford $400.00 tops. Is it true that the over 55 communities will take in someone under 55 if they are disabled? I'm 53 years old, but disabled due to a car accident. I have a spinal injury and nerve damage.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:44 PM
 
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Default I'm not able to use a bike.

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The town is flat and known for being bike-friendly.
I've got a spinal injury and nerve damage and can't ride a bike. I can use a motorized wheelchair.
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