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Old 10-18-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm not sure this is the right forum for this topic, but I'm not sure where else to post it.

Is it legal to be excluded from housing options strictly because of your age? Why is the age, and not the circumstances, more important?
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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I'm not sure this is the right forum for this topic, but I'm not sure where else to post it.

Is it legal to be excluded from housing options strictly because of your age? Why is the age, and not the circumstances, more important?
If you are discussing 55+ it is legal and within the law. It is covered in other threads.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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In the United States, Fair Housing laws state that you cannot discriminate based on age or familial status (and 5 other things) except for 55+ communities (retirement communities) that have to meet certain legal criteria. Now, certain exceptions exist, such as renting out a room in a house that you, the landlord, live in.

What's the situation you're running into?
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Yes, I'm specifically asking about all of those housing options that are needed for a disabled adult that have that 55+ limit and won't budge from it.

Wife is disabled and can't function on her own. She currently lives in an Assisted Living Facility. I'm in the process of being evicted in a foreclosure. Recently it has become clear to me that I need to live with her in order to both assist when needed and to properly manage her affairs. Everytime I locate a retirement community, assisted living community, long-term care facility, etc., I bump up against the damn 55+ (or 62+ in some cases) age restriction.

I've contacted my state's Attorney General offices to see if this practice is legal (I don't know how it can be) or if it at least violates some part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Where are disabled adults and their spouses/caregivers supposed to live if they're denied access to any of the facilities most appropriate for their conditions?
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:57 PM
 
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People with Disabilities - HUD

I did not see you or your wife's age but I assume neither one of you are 55 or older. I suggest checking the above link out. I think you would do better to work with HUD than try to fight an age limited community.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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HUD's the same entity that wouldn't help me when I applied for the mortgage retention program in an effort to avoid foreclosure. And they seem to be the party responsible for setting these barriers to appropriate and adequate housing for the disabled in the first place. Arg!!
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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HUD's the same entity that wouldn't help me when I applied for the mortgage retention program in an effort to avoid foreclosure. And they seem to be the party responsible for setting these barriers to appropriate and adequate housing for the disabled in the first place. Arg!!
They aren't intended for folks under their age restrictions and exceptions would only open the flood gates. It is fully legal and you might be better to use your energy to find a viable alternative. The fact that your wife is disabled appears to have nothing to do with why you are being excluded. It is all a result of age and that is legal under those circumstances.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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The ads I've seen for low income senior apartments also state that a person of any age with a disability is also accepted.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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There is federwl housing avilable to those under 55.I am not in favor of letting those under 55 be mixed as it was done in the 80's and resulted in real problems.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:21 PM
 
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if retirement communities begin to let just anyone at any age reside in them,then they're truly not retirement communities and all kinds of crap will occur such as loud parties,boomcars,etc...the very kind of life us mature 55 plus people are trying to elude.//they're retirement communities not disability communities --read the wording stupid!!!
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