48 National Organizations Call for Senior Housing, Other Housing Resources

Legislation | April 24, 2020 | by Linda Couch

On April 23, 48 national organizations sent a short, broad letter to House and Senate leadership recognizing the housing and community development resources provided in the March 27 CARES Act and noting, “there remains substantial need for resources and policies to ensure the immediate and long-term concerns of people experiencing homelessness, low-income renters, providers of affordable housing and community services, and low-income communities — both urban and rural — are addressed.”

On April 23, 48 national organizations sent a a short, broad letter to House and Senate leadership recognizing the housing and community development resources provided in the March 27 CARES Act and noting, “there remains substantial need for resources and policies to ensure the immediate and long-term concerns of people experiencing homelessness, low-income renters, providers of affordable housing and community services, and low-income communities — both urban and rural — are addressed.”

The letter specifically calls out the needs of older adults in federally-assisted housing. “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show the coronavirus has a disproportionate impact on older adults and people with underlying health conditions. More than two million seniors live in federally-assisted apartment buildings or receive some other form of housing assistance. Research from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates that seniors living in HUD-assisted housing are significantly more likely to have five or more chronic conditions than seniors without housing assistance (54.5% compared to 43.1%). Additionally, people with disabilities and their families faced a national shortage of accessible and affordable housing even before the current crisis, particularly the lowest-income people with disabilities. Many people with disabilities are at higher risk for severe illness or death when they contract the novel coronavirus. Given that COVID-19 presents considerable risks to seniors and people with disabilities, we urge Congress to ensure that these populations have the resources they need to support their health and safety and remain in the community,” the letter says.

The letter was coordinated by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding, a coalition of national organizations working together for the highest possible funding for housing and community development programs. LeadingAge is on the steering committee of CHCDF.