LeadingAge CEO Responds to HUD Worst Case Housing Needs Report to Congress: “Don’t Overlook this Critical Finding”

PRESS RELEASE | June 23, 2020 | by Amanda Marr

Urges Expansion of the HUD Section 202 Housing for the Elderly Program

Contact: Amanda Marr

amarr@leadingage.org 202-577-5743

June 23, 2020 Washington DC -- Statement from Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO, LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services in response to today’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Worst Case Housing Needs Report to Congress.

“Hidden among the good news in the HUD report is a disheartening finding: Despite the national trend of declining worst case needs, the number of elderly households experiencing severe housing problems has steadily increased over the past decade.

Our nation has undervalued and under-invested in older adults for decades. As the older population continues to grow, housing assistance programs are not keeping pace—and we are now seeing the results. In 2017, nearly 2 million older renters had worst case needs, an increase of more than nearly 80,000 from 2015.

We implore Congress: Do not to overlook this critical finding. It foreshadows an avoidable future for some of the most vulnerable older adults in our country—a future made even more perilous given the outsized impact of the COVID-1 pandemic on this population. By expanding programs like HUD’s flagship Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, our leaders can help ensure that every older adult has a quality place to call home.”

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LINK to HUD report: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/worst-case-housing-needs-2020.pdf

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