Who Qualifies for Senior Housing?

Cheerful mid adult man and his senior parents laughing while embracing in the kitchen.

According to the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), t​here are approximately 28,900 assisted living communities with nearly 1 million licensed beds in the United States today. There are 800 assisted living communities in Minnesota alone. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the need for each one of these communities grows. You may be wondering if you or a loved one qualifies for senior housing.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, through rigorous vaccination efforts and alignment with the recommendations from the CDC, senior communities are safely accepting new occupants.

Who Qualifies for Senior Housing?

People aged 62 or older are qualified to live in a senior housing community. Age is the main determining factor in whether or not you or a loved one qualifies. However, there are other criteria you can meet if you are younger. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA) passed in 1995 to allow for people 55 and over to live in senior communities.

Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA)

The Housing Older Persons Act, or HOPA, as it’s commonly referred to, amended the housing for older persons exemption against familial status discrimination. HOPA modified the law to allow senior housing operations in units with at least one person 55 years or older.

In order to qualify for this exemption, communities need to have at least 80% of the occupied units have a person who is older than 55. Cherrywood Pointe’s senior living and independent living communities accept people who are 55 and older.

HUD and HOPA have allowed for countless seniors struggling to maneuver in single-family homes, to find a community that can accommodate their needs. These laws have allowed them to live worry-free in a comfortable space among their peers.

The 62+ Criteria

Specific 62+ housing communities are strict when it comes to age. These communities don’t allow for any government exemptions. It’s common for these communities to have live-in aides and other healthcare providers living with residents.

About Senior Housing Waiting Lists

A common misconception of moving into senior housing is that it’s readily available for anyone who signs up. It’s important to sign up as soon as possible because these facilities reach capacity quickly. When this happens, future residents are put on a waitlist. This list is treated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions about availability at Cherrywood Pointe, please contact our team. Cherrywood Pointe has multiple locations across the Twin Cities metro area that can accommodate your housing needs.

Are You Ready to Make the Move?

If you’re ready to make the move in Roseville, we offer multiple communities for you to live in. Our locations off Cleveland and Lexington will allow you to live independently with all the amenities you would expect from a senior living community, and have care available to you should your needs change. From housekeeping to laundry services, to group transportation and daily activities, you will stay engaged in the Roseville community at Cherrywood Pointe. Contact our team today to schedule your tour.