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WHATSupportive housing with services for older adults and others.
WHYTo help provide affordable housing options for the elderly with built in supports such as service coordinators, health and wellness screenings and social activities. To create community and help very vulnerable people live to their fullest potential, including seniors and those with disabilities.
California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, USA.

Program Description

“Before moving into Providence Supportive Housing, Diana was struggling to get by. The mother of two and grandmother of five was laid off from work in 2008 and the rent at her senior housing complex was more than she could afford on her fixed income. In addition, Diana has diabetes and much of her monthly income went to her insulin supply and half a dozen medications.”

“Downtown Seattle is unique preference is given to seniors who are experiencing homelessness often living in shelters their cars or even the street the city of Seattle is experiencing a tremendous amount of homelessness.”

“Oh man did I die and go to heaven because it's just so beautiful everything's so geared towards people you know maybe with disabilities are just older and not so strong.”
-video: ‘Providence Supportive Housing.’

“Supportive housing combines permanent housing with voluntary supportive services for its residents, many of whom have experienced homelessness or housing instability. The supportive housing model offers safe, affordable community-based living that helps residents remain housed and have the best chance at an independent, productive life. Depending on the housing provider, it is offered to individuals and to families with very low incomes.”


The idea is that once a person finds safe, affordable housing they become more socially involved in their community and their health stabilizes or improves.

An on-site Service Coordinator is available to help residents access services they may need as they age in place.

Monthly rent for seniors is approximately 30% of monthly household income. The remainder of the total rent is paid to the house through a subsidy by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Providence Washington rents are fixed at levels determined to be affordable by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and accepts Housing Choice Vouchers.

Providence Supportive Housing is:

  • Designed for elderly or disabled individuals or families who qualify as very low-income.
  • Permanent housing with no limit on how long residents can rent an apartment as long as they abide by the terms of the lease.
  • Supported - residents have access to supportive services to help them stay housed and the assistance of service coordinators who reach out to residents to help them take advantage of on-site and community-based supportive services.
  • Caring - staff keep an eye out for resident issues and address them before they become crises. They are able to provide encouragement and help adults age in place.
  • A place for social interaction and participation in the community.

Providence homes consist of one-bedroom apartments that are approximately 540 square feet and include a private kitchen, private bathroom, living room and bedroom.

A variety of activities intended to promote community engagement. Examples include yoga, tai chi, computer education, ESL, potlucks, holiday celebrations, blood pressure screenings, foot care and much more.

Wait times for affordable housing may be between 18 months and 5 years.

Click to find a supportable affordable housing option locations for older adults

Providence Supportive Housing is a not-for-profit Catholic ministry committed to providing safe, affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities. Providence provides equal housing opportunities for all prospective tenants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, parental/family status, marital status, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, creed, political ideology, gender, gender identity, or membership in any other class of persons.

Aging Programs
Senior Housing, Assisted Living
Senior Subsidized, Affordable Housing Assistance




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