California Homeowners Association

Senior Housing

SB 2011

By Denise D. Iger, Esq. of Feldsott, Lee & Feinberg

The Unruh Civil Rights Act prohibits homeowners associations from discriminating against people because of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, or disability. Excepted from this act is discrimination based upon age, so as to allow retirement communities to be established and maintained.

The definition for a senior housing development has been changed in a manner which makes the law easier to understand. Whereas previously a community must have been thirty five units or fit within a formula which takes into account the local population, the new criteria is simply to just have thirty-five units. However, for Riverside county, the criteria will remain twenty units.

HUD.GOV Information for Senior Citizens

Looking for housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Do some research first to determine what kind of assistance or living arrangement you need; what your health insurance might cover; and what you can afford. Then check here for financial assistance resources and guides for making the right choice. Talk to a HUD-approved housing counselor if you have questions about your situation.