Take Action: COVID-19 Relief for Affordable Senior Housing

Legislation | April 14, 2020 | by Linda Couch

LeadingAge is asking all aging services stakeholders to call or email their representative and senators in support of relief for affordable senior housing in a next COVID-19 relief package.

LeadingAge is asking all aging services stakeholders to call or email their representative and senators in support of relief for affordable senior housing in a next COVID-19 relief package.

The coronavirus has brought unprecedented emergency spending costs to senior affordable housing communities. The vast majority of these costs were not met by the CARES Act. More than 2 million seniors live in affordable apartment buildings financed by HUD, Rural Housing Service, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. These communities, their residents, and their staff need relief and they need it now.

Urge Congress to provide funding and support for residents and affordable senior housing providers. Urge Congress to support:

  • $2.2 billion for rent and staffing supports, Service Coordinators, telehealth capability, and other assistance for the more than 2 million older adults served by federally-assisted housing communities financed by HUD, the Rural Housing Service, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.
  • Priority access to Personal Protective Equipment and testing, as well as resources for disinfecting, without which residents and staff are at significant and avoidable risk.

LeadingAge is urging members and other stakeholders to respond to the April 14 Action Alert now as Congress works on its next COVID-19 relief package.