Housing Bureau for Seniors

On May 17th, 2022, Big Hearts for Seniors will present Big Hearted Stories: Journeys which will be held in front of a live audience on Tuesday, May 17th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater and Michigan League. This engaging program will provide a platform for talented local storytellers to share their heart-warming, true-life experiences around the theme of ‘Journeys’. The event will be emceed by Vic Strecher, Ph.D. MPH, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education in the U-M School of Public Health.

Big Hearts for Seniors is comprised of five community-supported programs (Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Silver Club Memory Programs and Turner Senior Wellness Program) of Michigan Medicine that serve older adults. For more information on tickets ($25 Individual and $75 VIP), donations, and more details on the event, visit our website here.

Housing Assistance for People 55 and Older

The Housing Bureau for Seniors recognizes that stable housing is imperative to physical and mental well-being. HBS informs and empowers older adults and those who care about them with guidance and resources regarding sustainable housing.

Visit our Housing Bureau for Seniors Programs and Events page for a list and description of the programs we offer.

What We Do

  • Provide seniors, caregivers, and family members support and access to the resources they need to find and maintain permanent, sustainable housing.
  • Help to prevent homelessness among older adult renters through our Elderly Eviction Prevention program.
  • Provide one-on-one assistance to hundreds of individuals annually, and reach countless others through community events, educational programs and other outreach efforts.
  • Offer decision-making tools and resources to assess options around housing transistions with our Housing Counseling program.
  • Assist older adult homeowners to maintain home ownership and navigate barriers around mortgages and property taxes through our Foreclosure Prevention program.

Housing is Healthcare: We Have Answers to Your Questions

The adage goes that only 10% of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the water. Applying the concept of an iceberg to housing, literal homelessness would be what is visible amongst the waves. The Housing Bureau for Seniors works below the surface to prevent literal homelessness. These issues can look different for everyone:

Picture of iceberg with arrow pointing to top 1/3 above water with text "Literal Homelessness" and 3 arrows pointing to bottom 2/3 of iceberg reading "Hidden Homelessness", "Unstable Housing" and "Unaffordable Housing"

Hidden Homelessness: when someone has only temporary, unstable housing.

  • “Couch-surfing” or “doubling up”
  • There is a lack of supports in place to keep this person housed

Unstable Housing: when someone is facing issues that directly threaten their housing

  • Behind on rent or mortgage payments
  • Moving frequently 

Unaffordable Housing: someone’s debt-to-income ratio is unsustainable

  • Income doesn’t cover their expenses
  • Not paying other necessary bills or going without medication or food to maintain housing

Contact Us

The Housing Bureau for Seniors is located at the KMS Building on South State Street in Ann Arbor. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please feel free to make an appointment during those hours. You may also call 734-998-9339 or email us at housingbureauseniors@umich.edu.

Please Note: In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the HBS team is working remotely. Our dedication to quality service delivery remains the same.

Housing Bureau for Seniors
3621 S. State Street  
Door #710
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: 734-998-9339