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Find Affordable Housing for Seniors

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a number of resources to help seniors find affordable rentals. They offer a low-rent apartment search that shows low-rent apartments for senior citizens and people with disabilities, as well as for families and individuals. For low-rent apartments, the government gives funds directly to the apartment owners. There is an income limit to qualify.

You can also look for multifamily units by state that rent to seniors and people with disabilities. HUD does not provide details like eligibility, waiting list information, or types of accessible features for these properties, but the list can help you identify potential rentals in your area.

There’s also the public housing program and public housing choice vouchers, commonly called Section 8. Public housing comes in all sizes and types and is managed by local housing agencies that are funded by the federal government. Public housing choice vouchers allow you to find a private rental and the government pays the landlord directly to subsidize the rent. Both programs are limited to low-income families and individuals.

If you have questions or need help finding a rental, talk to a HUD-approved housing counselor.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is fining four mortgage insurance companies $15.4 million for taking illegal kickbacks that raised payment costs for some homeowners. Learn more about the CFPB’s actions against these companies.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has information about types of FHA loans.

If you have questions about specific FHA loans, you can talk to a HUD-approved housing by calling (800) 569-4287 or searching for a housing counseling agency agency near you.

What Are Sinkholes and Where Do They Occur?

If you heard recent news reports about a devastating sinkhole in Florida, you may be wondering how this type of event occurs.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), sinkholes are most common in karst terrain, or regions where the rock below the land surface is soluble. When water from rainfall moves down through the soil, the rock begins to dissolve, creating spaces and caverns underground. If the underground spaces get too big, a sudden collapse occurs.

About 20 percent of the United States is susceptible to sinkhole events, but the most damage tends to occur in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.

Detailed geologic mapping, which defines areas of soluble rock at the surface and subsurface, can help educate land planners and policy makers about sinkhole risk. If you know that you live in an area underlain by soluble rock, check your property for holes in the ground or cracks in your structure’s foundation.

Learn more about the science of sinkholes from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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