LeadingAge Urges Greater HUD Role in Coronavirus

Legislation | March 10, 2020 | by Linda Couch

On March 6, LeadingAge wrote to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, urging increased HUD attention to senior affordable housing communities faced with the coronavirus outbreak.

On March 6, LeadingAge wrote to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, urging increased HUD attention to senior affordable housing communities faced with the coronavirus outbreak.

LeadingAge affordable housing members and their residents are in need of HUD-specific guidance related to emergency equipment, supplies, and staffing, as well as guidance on how quarantines would work within an affordable community, visitor policies for health services staff and for non-health service staff, and for more communication with providers and residents.

“Given that there are thousands of predominantly older adult HUD-assisted communities, that their residents have more chronic conditions than their peers without housing assistance, and that the coronavirus disproportionately impacts older adults, we urge the White House Coronavirus Task Force to do more and to do more quickly to help providers and residents of predominantly older adult HUD-assisted communities through this outbreak,” the letter says.

“Thus far, HUD’s guidance has been inadequate. Rapidly expanding the types of information and resources provided to predominantly older adult HUD-assisted communities is a real opportunity for the White House Coronavirus Task Force to meaningfully help an at-risk population through this outbreak,” the letter says.

LeadingAge has sent HUD questions about the coronavirus and affordable housing providers and will get HUD’s responses to our members as soon as we hear back from HUD. 

Members are urged to visit our coronavirus information page, which is being updated frequently.