Affordable assisted living in the heart of Palo Alto

The support you need at a price you can afford

An affordable place to call home

Seniors who meet certain income and ability requirements can enjoy affordable assisted living in a studio apartment close to shops, restaurants, and cultural hubs. With onsite dining, activities, housekeeping, and community programs to help you stay active and engaged, you can live safely and comfortably at Lytton Gardens, with added support when you need it.

What is assisted living?

Aging happens to everyone, and at Covia we believe it should be a positive experience. Our assisted living program lets you maintain your independence, knowing help is always on hand. As your capabilities change, our caring staff will support you as needed with meals, medication management, laundry, bathing, dressing, mobility, or other challenges.

Our compassionate staff is accessible 24 hours a day and supervised by a licensed nurse. Get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have access to a wide range of support services, and that your needs will be met—today and tomorrow.

Covia affordable assisted living includes:

  • Your own apartment
  • Three meals a day, with special diets
  • Weekly housekeeping with daily upkeep
  • Help with bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • Medication management
  • Resident Services Coordination
  • Engagement and wellness programs
  • Gardens, common areas, and entertainment
  • Robust activity program, including special holiday events
  • Transportation for activities and events
  • Onsite beauty shop and podiatrist (additional cost)

Fees may be charged for additional services.

How do I know if I qualify?

Qualifying may be easier than you think. First, you must be at least 62 years of age. If applying as a couple, only one of you has to meet this requirement. You must be able to get yourself in and out of bed and to and from the dining room, even if you need to use a walker or cane.

You also need to qualify for affordable housing in Palo Alto, which means your annual income cannot exceed $78,550 for individuals or $89,750 for couples.  All sources of income are considered, including social security, wages, pension, and others. If you have any questions about how to calculate this, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help.

How much does it cost?

If you meet both the income and age requirements, the monthly rent for your apartment will be no more than 30% of your monthly income, as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Veterans and their spouses may be eligible for additional Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits, which can lower this cost even more. There are additional affordable fees for three meals a day as well as personal care services, which are both required for assisted living. Everything else that’s included in our independent living apartments is also included in assisted living.

To learn more about Lytton Gardens affordable assisted living program or to schedule a tour, call 650.617.7373 or email  

Download an application for Lytton Gardens Assisted Living here.

Lytton Gardens
649 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Housing Administrator: Doris Lee
Assisted Living Manager: Anahi McKane
Contact information: 650.617.7373

Covia is a non-profit organization that helps seniors live well and age well, anywhere you call home. We promote well-being by building strong and engaging communities, connecting people with the services they need to thrive, and providing compassionate, personalized support. We’ve been working with California seniors for over 50 years and we’re here to help you live the way you want to—today and tomorrow.

Lytton Gardens is a not-for-profit community operated by Covia. DSS 430701864