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Call Congress: Increase Section 202 Funding in 2015

Published On: Apr 13, 2014Updated On: Apr 14, 2014
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Even though Congress is on recess and it seems like not much is happening on the Hill, we are at a critical point in funding federal senior housing programs for fiscal year 2015. 

Congress is in the process of setting spending levels for federal programs in the coming fiscal year.

In his budget proposal, President Obama requested $440 million for the Section 202 program, including $20 million for the housing with services demonstration program. Funding for Section 202 housing has declined substantially since fiscal 2010. Money for construction of new units has been in particularly short supply since then.

Meanwhile, there are already 1.5 million seniors spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent. On average, there are more than 10 people on the waiting list for every available Section 202 apartment. We must expand 202 housing to ensure that our most vulnerable seniors have a place to live and the services that help them remain at home and in a lower cost setting.

We need your help in voicing concerns about adequate funding for affordable housing!

Please urge your members of Congress to restore funding for Section 202 to levels that will enable us to meet the affordable housing needs of a growing senior population.

Please also ask them to include the funding to carry out the housing with services demonstration program.

There are 4 ways that you can take action:

  1. Call 866-898-2624 to be connected to your legislators' offices.
  2. Send a letter to your legislators.
  3. Share your story about why affordable housing is important to you.
  4. Send a tweet directly to your legislators (if you don't want to use our Contact Congress system, you can check this list of legislators using Twitter.
    • sample: .@chrisvanhollen, please ask the appropriations committee to increase funding for #Section202 housing in 2015.
     

Thanks in advance for your advocacy on this urgent issue.

Questions? Need help getting started? Please contact Emily Wilson at 202-508-9492 or ewilson@leadingage.org.

 



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