The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging’s (AAHSA) President and CEO Larry Minnix applauded the introduction of S. 118, the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act of 2009. The proposed legislation would strengthen the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 202 Supporting Housing for the Elderly Program nationwide by providing the funding needed to maintain and improve existing housing, allow housing providers to adjust to cost fluctuations and expand the supply of affordable housing for seniors both in urban and rural areas.
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) introduced the legislation and is the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Several of the bill’s co-sponsors are also members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s affordable housing programs.
“We commend Sen. Kohl and his colleagues for recognizing that our country must invest in affordable housing to ensure that seniors can find the affordable, safe and secure housing that they deserve,” Minnix said. “AAHSA and its members call on Congress to support this legislation and help all of America’s seniors have a place to call home.”
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