Senior Housing Discussed at LeadingAge Advocacy Town Hall

Grassroots | November 08, 2017 | by Niles Godes

LeadingAge held an Advocacy Town Hall at its annual meeting in New Orleans last week to discuss senior housing and other important public policy issues. Participating in the town hall panel, a new feature at this year’s annual meeting, were a number of LeadingAge policy experts, including Linda Couch, Barbara Gay, Aaron Tripp, Steve Maag, and Peter Notarstefano.

Vice President of Housing Policy Linda Couch discussed the HUD service coordinator program, among other housing topics. Couch called the Service Coordinator program “fantastic,” and said just over half of HUD’s Section 202 housing portfolio have service coordinators. She called on Congress to expand Service Coordinators to more HUD 202 communities.

Couch also discussed the importance of advocacy with Congress for housing policy. She stressed the need to build relationships with Congressional offices in order to advocate most effectively.

Other topics discussed during the town hall included Low Income Housing Tax Credits and private activity bonds (see related article), housing as a determinant of health, nursing home regulation, and Long-Term Services and Supports.