In December 2008 Congress provided funding for intergenerational housing; HUD awarded a total of almost $4 million to two demonstration projects: Roseland Village Intergenerational Apartments in Chicago and Fiddler’s Annex in Tennessee. That funding originated from the LEGACY Act of 2003. Under this program, HUD made funding available to nonprofit organizations to build intergenerational housing in conjunction with the Section 202 Capital Advance program. The program provided funding through a capital advance, to construct, acquire, or rehabilitate multifamily properties that serve very-low-income individuals 62 years of age or older, and intergenerational units to serve Elderly caregivers raising children. In addition to the capital advance, properties received a renewable Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) which covers reasonable and necessary operating expenses beyond the tenant’s portion of the rent.
Intergenerational Dwelling Unit
Per definitions in the 2003 Legacy Act, an intergenerational dwelling unit is a qualified dwelling unit that is reserved for occupancy only by an intergenerational family:
Head of household and 62 years of age or older AND
Raising a child AND either a grandparent OR relative of that child
The child must be 18 years old or younger, OR an individual who is 19 years of age or younger who is also attending school full or part-time.
For information about existing 202 projects with Intergenerational Units, contact the Midwest or Southeast Reginal Multifamily Office.
Information for 202 NOFO Applicants
In the Consolidated Appropriations Acts of 2021 and 2022, Congress appropriated funds to support the increase supply of intergenerational housing for elderly caregivers raising children as part of the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program.
Under the 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Section 202 program, HUD is making available up to $15 million as a set-aside for the development of affordable intergenerational dwelling units. Intergenerational Housing units under this NOFO are not limited to efficiency or one-bedroom units and Capital Advance funds can be used to finance the cost of units with two or more bedrooms.
To learn more about HUD Funding Opportunities page (scroll to the bottom of the Funding Opportunities page to see current and prior year NOFOs) .
Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities
National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp - a free online tool to connect older adults to benefits
2008 HUD Report to Congress on Intergenerational Housing Needs
2019 Report from Generations United: A Place to Call Home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies
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