Rural Senior Housing Initiative

HAC's Rural Senior Housing Initiative supports affordable housing development for low- and very low-income rural seniors. With generous support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, the initiative has two broad aims: 

tap-logo(1) To advocate for better and better-funded programs; and

(2) to increase the capacity of currently successful senior housing builders, and create such capacity among new groups.     

The RSH Initiative has several components:

  • a small grants program for local nonprofits that are developing, preserving or repairing homes for low-income seniors,
  • training and technical assistance to help such groups,
  • loans to rural senior housing projects for both rental and homeownership,
  • advocacy on issues affecting the housing of low-income rural seniors, and
  • research and information on such issues 

Past Trainings

April 22-23, 2014: Housing Seniors and Veterans in Rural America: Preservation, Development and Services - Phoenix, AZ
March 18, 2014: USDA Rural Housing Activity: An Overview of FY 13 and Beyond - Webinar 
October 2, 2013: Rental Housing Preservation for Rural Seniors - Webinar
August 28-29, 2013: Housing Seniors and Veterans in Rural America: Preservation, Development and Services - Council Bluffs, IA
June 19, 2013: Aging in Place: Home Repair for rural Seniors - Webinar
May 15, 2013: USDA Section 502 Direct Loan and Section 504 Loan and Elderly Grant Repair - An Overview - Webinar
May 1, 2013: The Silver Tsunami: Are We Prepared for a Senior Population Boom in Rural America? - Webinar
June 5-6 2012. Housing Seniors in Rural America: Resources, Advocacy, and Practice - Burlington, VT
December  6-7 2012: HAC National Conference Learning Series - Washington DC
November 9-10, 2011. Housing Seniors in Rural America: Aging in Place in a Shifting Landscape - Seattle, WA

Link to more Information and Resources 

Link to List of Grantees  

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