Housing 55 and older communities

Housing- 55 & Older Communities

The following directory of registrations is updated on a weekly basis. Therefore, if you have registered but do not find your registration here, we appreciate your patience.

There are many 55 & older communities in Florida that have failed to register up to this point. We are working aggressively to spread the word about the requirements of the law.

In the meantime, please be aware of two things :

  1. The listing of a community on this website does not guarantee that the community is in fact a lawfully constituted 55 & older community under Florida and federal law. FCHR has not independently verified the status, but has relied on the written representation of the community president.
  2. If a lawfully constituted 55 & older community under Florida and federal law has not registered with us, this failure does not jeopardize the legal status of a community.

Click this link to select, print or download the directory for each county:


Implementation of the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 Rules and Regulations

This is a link to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's rules and regulations for adhering to the Housing For Older Persons Act of 1995.

Questions and Answers Concerning the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995

This document answers questions concerning the final rule implementing the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA).

Housing for Older Persons Requirements

Federal Register 24 CFR Part 100; section 760.24-760.37 (4a), Florida Statutes

For a community to be considered "housing for older persons" as a 55+ community, the housing must be intended and operated for occupancy by persons 55 years of age or older and meet the following requirements:

  1. At least 80% of the occupied units are occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older.
  2. The facility or community publishes and adheres to policies and procedures that demonstrate its intent to in fact be a provider of housing for older persons.
  3. The facility or community complies with rules established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for verification of occupancy.

How To Register for Housing for Older Persons

A facility or community that meets at least one of the above requirements must register with the Florida Commission on Human Relations by sending a letter to the Commission to register as a facility for older persons.

The letter must be on the letterhead of the facility or community, and it must be signed by the president of the facility or community and mailed to the Commission (mailing address).

As of September 1, 2015, the Commission has determined that it will no longer require the $20 fee to register as housing for older persons. The documentation you provided will be processed as usual and the information placed on the Commission’s website.

FCHR ACCEPTS REGISTRATIONS AS A PROVIDER OF HOUSING FOR OLDER PERSONS UNDER THE FEDERAL OR FLORIDA FAIR HOUSING ACT BASED SOLELY ON THE WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS OF THE REGISTRANT. FCHR HAS NOT INDEPENDENTLY DETERMINED WHETHER THE REGISTRANT IN FACT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW.

A fine in the amount of $500 will be assessed against any facility or community that knowingly submits false information in meeting these requirements.

Note for Management Companies:

To ensure your record of receipt, we recommend that you send your registration via certified mail.

IMPORTANT: Once you are registered, you will be issued an account identification number. Please remember to add this number to all renewal documentation.

Sample Registration Letter

This document is in Microsoft Word format, as a help for you to edit it and use your own information to create your registration letter.

 

Renewal-Housing for Older Persons

To renew your community's status as a 55+ community:

  1. Make sure the community is registered by checking the directory of Housing for Older Persons .
  2. Confirm the renewal date.
  3. Download, complete and print the renewal form by clicking the renewal form. As of September 1, 2015, the Commission has determined that it will no longer require the $20 fee to register as housing for older persons. The documentation you provided will be processed as usual and the information placed on the Commission’s website.

The community renewal period will always begin on the date of the original registration. If the community renews late, then it will not be recognized as a registered Housing for Older Persons by FCHR for the period that the registration lapsed.