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Is Senior Housing Discriminatory?

The Fair Housing Act was designed to keep the process of buying and renting houses and apartments free of discrimination. Discrimination had once been rampant throughout the country, with landlords and owners refusing to provide housing to countless groups of people, including minorities and individual with families. While the Fair Housing Act has worked to end this discrimination, discrimination persists.

However, in an attempt to ensure that there really is housing for all, including the elderly, the HUD has allowed for some housing units to be established as “Senior Only” if they meet the following criteria:

* HUD has determined that the dwelling is specifically designed for and occupied by elderly persons under a Federal, State or local government program or * It is occupied solely by persons who are 62 or older or * It houses at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates intent to house persons who are 55 or older.

As the population increasingly grays, designation as such seems to make sense. However, some individuals are finding themselves excluded from certain communities designed for the elderly and are being turned away.

What is your take on situation as such? Is HUD certified housing a necessity to aid the aging populous? Or another form of housing discrimination?

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