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Section 202 Program: LeadingAge Spearheads Stakeholder Comments to HUD on Proposal

by Published On: Jun 01, 2012

On June 1, LeadingAge, along with 7 organizations that represent members or are themselves deeply involved in the development of Section 202 housing, submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the future of the Section 202 program and the proposal HUD included in its 2013 budget request.

Our comments praised HUD for their efforts to reinvent the 202 program in order to meet the harsh budget realities reflected in the 2013 budget

We applauded HUD’s request for funding for new development and its recognition of the value of the Section 202 program as the platform for the delivery of supportive services for seniors so they can age in place.

At the same time, the comments pointed out that the strength of the Section 202 program has been its focus on providing housing and services for a mix of low income seniors from those who are healthy and independent to the very frail or at high risk of frailty and that the need to maintain that focus and strength is not diminishing.

Our concerns

Further, the concerns we raised were that:

  • HUD’s proposal that funding be allocated to states rather than directly to not for profits.
  • Section 202 funds be awarded as operating assistance only, acknowledging the need for capital for certain difficult to finance markets.
  • Section 202 assistance be targeted to frail elders instead of available to a broad range of seniors with a broad range of support needs.   

Leading Age was joined in our comments by Enterprise Community Partners, Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future, Local Initiative Support Corporation, National Affordable Housing Management Association, Volunteers of America, Lutheran Services in America, and Mercy Housing.

 



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