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55+ Age Restricted Community

Dreamland Villa’s 55+ age restricted status requires at least one person living in a dwelling unit be 55 years or older. This does not apply to ownership, only the persons living in the residence.

Federal HUD HOPA

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA) provides a discrimination exemption to allow certain housing developments to be restricted for persons age 55 years and older. HUD delegated the HOPA rule administration to the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department.

County Ordinance

The county passed the Senior Citizen Zoning Ordinance to administer the HUD HOPA rule. On August 4,1980, the Dreamland Villa subdivision was certified as a 55+ age-restricted community. The Dreamland Villa Community Club (DVCC) assumed the responsibility to monitor compliance. DVCC has since been renamed Dreamland Villa Retirement Community, or DVRC.


The HUD HOPA rule requires that Dreamland Villa demonstrate its intent to be occupied by persons 55 years and older. DVRC must publish and adhere to policies and procedures that demonstrate its intent to comply with these occupancy rules. This is done by requesting each dwelling unit complete a Verification of Occupancy form. DVRC is required to certify each year the percentage of residents residing in Dreamland Villa’s dwelling units are occupied by persons aged 55 years or older.


The DVRC office collects and maintains the necessary records to comply with the HUD HOPA rules. This includes the names and ages of all residents in each dwelling unit. The office mails annual dues statements which also include a Verification of Occupancy form. Residents must submit the occupancy information, even if they don't pay the dues. For those dwellings which don't respond additional mailings may follow.


DVRC’s office staff manages and maintains all Verification of Occupancy forms. Multiple mailings become necessary when residents do not return their forms. This results in additional mailings which drive up DVRC’s overhead costs.

Young Adult Restriction

Per HUD HOPA rules, no person eighteen (18) years of age or younger may reside in any dwelling unit for a period exceeding ninety (90) consecutive or non-consecutive days per calendar year.

Dreamland Villa Retirement Community
320 N. 55th Place, Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 832-3461
Adult 55+ Community