LEADINGAGE ADVOCACY GOALS
There is a severe shortage of affordable housing for older adults with low incomes. Between 2009 and 2019, the number of very low income older adult households spending more than half of their incomes on rent increased by an astonishing 68%. The number of older adults who receive federal housing assistance must expand well beyond the 2.5 million older adults who currently benefit from housing assistance. Having affordable, service-connected housing allows older adults to live independently in community and avoid much more expensive and restrictive settings. Any expansion will immediately help erase and shorten current waiting lists of two to five (or more) years and help the nation prepare for the projected 13.8 million new older adult households between 2020 and 2040. Of these, 40% (5.5 million) will be renter households. Of these 5.5 million new older adult renter households, 2.6 million will be Black older adult renter households.
ADVOCACY ACTION 2022
117th Session of Congress
Click here to see the full list of affordable housing legislation LeadingAge is following in the 117th Congress.
Secure Robust Fiscal Year 2023 HUD Appropriations Funding:
- Expand the supply of affordable senior housing:
- Provide $600 million for new capital advances and operating assistance, including Service Coordinators, for approximately 6,200 new Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly homes.
- Preserve and improve HUD-assisted housing:
- Provide full funding for Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) and Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) renewals, including funding to acknowledge elevated operational costs, including for insurance, safety and staffing, sustained after the onset of COVID.
- Ensure RAD for PRAC Success:
- Continue to authorize rent levels for continued availability of services for residents following RAD conversion.
- Provide $10 million for RAD for PRAC conversion subsidy to ensure the successful and long-term preservation of 202/PRAC homes.
- Connect HUD-assisted residents to the services and supports they need to age in the community:
- Expanded and Preserved Housing Options: Significantly expand the supply of federally-subsidized housing for older adults with low incomes and older adults experiencing homelessness; and preserve and improve existing supply of housing.
- Connected, Service-Enriched Housing: Support partnerships between federal agencies to improve access to services and the internet in affordable senior housing communities.
- Public-Private Partnerships: Strengthen partnerships between private housing providers and the federal government to streamline and improve housing operations.
- Resilience in Senior Housing: Improve pandemic recovery and build disaster resiliency throughout the senior housing portfolio while improving the federal approach to disaster preparedness and response.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE NOW
- Visit the Advocacy Action Center to let your representative and senators know you support the expansion and preservation of affordable housing programs for older adults.
- Host a Coffee Chat with Congress in your community to help your members of Congress understand how policies impact HCBS providers and residents.
- Engage with other affordable senior housing providers through LeadingAge’s Housing Advisory Group (and its five working groups), as well as other regular national, regional, and state meetings. Contact Linda or Juliana for more information.
- HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs 2021 Report to Congress
- LeadingAge Affordable Housing Coronavirus Resource Page
- The Urban Institute’s 2020 - 2040 household formation projections: The Future of Headship and Homeownership
- Exploring Financing Options for Services in Affordable Senior Housing Communities
- Aging Research from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University