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Housing and Community Development Committee Resolution on the President's FY2000 Budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development

ARTS, CULTURE AND RECREATION

MISCELLANEOUS

USCM HOME

RESOLUTIONS INDEX

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING

HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY

WHEREAS, trends indicate that the population of the United States is rapidly aging, with the fastest growth among those who are age 75 years and older; and

WHEREAS, those who live a long time face both increasing disability, as well as a reduction in income; and

WHEREAS, a total of more than 3.7 million elderly Americans live in federally-assisted housing, including over 1.5 million in housing assisted through various Section 8 programs, over 1 million in public housing, and over 200,000 in programs financed by Section 202; and

WHEREAS, the vast majority of public and other federally-assisted housing for the elderly is located in our nation’s cities; and

WHEREAS, the elderly residents of public and assisted housing, many of whom are over the age of 75 and among our nation’s poorest elders, will almost inevitably require increasing levels of assistance in order to age in their homes; and

WHEREAS, the current stock of public and assisted housing the elderly is not equipped to deal with the growing and changing elderly population; and

WHEREAS, many of the existing public and assisted elderly housing buildings require updating in order to ensure their viability into the 21st century; and

WHEREAS, a wide variety of federally-assisted housing options and levels of services are required to address the needs of the elderly population as they age,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors strongly supports:

    the formulation of a national elderly housing strategy, which includes all federally-assisted and public housing programs for the elderly, providing increased opportunities for elderly residents in all forms of federally subsidized housing to age in place; providing federal funding to update and make structural modifications to federally-assisted and public housing buildings for the elderly which preserve the units and make assisted living an option for elderly these elderly residents; federal authorization and full funding of programs that bring together shelter, supportive services, healthcare, and social services to assist elderly residents to remain independent, including the Service Coordinator and Congregate Housing and Services Programs; and the creation of a partnership between HUD and HHS to coordinate and maximize the benefits of federal housing and health program for this vulnerable population.

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