Providers Seek $8.5 Billion to Improve Housing for Seniors

April 1, 2021, 10:02 PM

A group representing service providers for seniors wants the federal government to invest $8.5 billion to improve and expand affordable senior housing.

The proposal by LeadingAge, outlined in a letter sent on Thursday to congressional leaders, calls for $2.5 billion in funding to build roughly 54,000 new affordable housing units, $1 billion to fund age-friendly, in-home accessibility features for seniors, and $5 billion to expand broadband access by making it a subsidized utility.

“This is the most important moment in a generation for aging services,” Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, said in a statement. “Our country doesn’t...

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