Assistance for Seniors on Social Security
At Christian Care Manors in Phoenix, we provide HUD-subsidized Independent Living in Manors I and III.
In Manor II, we provide subsidized Assisted Living. We accept private pay as well as ALTCS benefits, and we contract with all three plan providers: Banner University Health Plans, Mercy Care and United Health Care.
On this page, we have provided information on government assistance programs and applications available to download and print. As you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will find several resources to help guide you through the application process and provide additional support if needed.
Equal housing opportunity is afforded to all persons who are at least sixty-two (62) years of age and who qualify under federal income standards
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Section 202 program, Supportive Housing for the Elderly, was designed to increase the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for seniors.
Admission Qualifications for HUD-subsidized Senior Housing
- The household's annual income may not exceed the very-low income limits set by the U.S. Dept. of HUD for the present year. For 2021, the very low income limits set by HUD are $27,650 for a single person, $31,600 for couple.
- The applicant agrees to pay the rent required by the subsidiary program under which the applicant will be admitted. (Residents typically pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent and utilities).
- The unit will be the family's only residence.
- Residents must be 62 years of age or older.
Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS)
Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) is the State of Arizona’s Medicaid program that provides long term care services for individuals who are 65 or older, blind, or disabled and need ongoing skilled nursing services. However, program participants do not have to reside in a nursing home in order to receive benefits. Many ALTCS participants live in their own homes or an assisted living facility and receive the needed in-home services.
Key Differences between HUD & ALTCS
While many of the program requirements are the same for both HUD and ALTCS, there are a few key differences that can create confusion when applicants are applying for both programs.
These are the top three:
HUD and ALTCS each have their own age requirement in order to qualify for senior housing assistance and long-term care benefits.
- HUD = 62 and older, ALTCS = 65 and older (assisted living for seniors)
State Residency Requirements:
- HUD is a federal program, so applicants must be a US Citizen, but do not need to be an Arizona resident in order to apply for assistance in Arizona.
- ALTCS is Arizona’s own Medicaid program (different from the national Medicaid program). Applicants must be an Arizona resident in order to qualify. *Note: you can start the ALTCS application process prior to moving to AZ but in order to finish the process and to be qualified, you must be an Arizona resident.
Financial Assistance & Benefit Coverage:
- HUD: Provides financial assistance for the senior’s dwelling. Residents typically pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent and utilities.
- ALTCS: Provides financial assistance for the participant’s assisted living care. ALTCS sets aside a certain amount each month for residents to use for incidentals, known as a ‘Personal Allowance’. In 2021, the amount set aside is $119.10/month.
Online Resources for Senior Housing Assistance
JacksonWhite, Attorney at Law's guide: ALTCS & Other Programs that Pay for Long-Term Care