BPC Released Senior Health and Housing Report
A new report highlights the importance of Housing and Healthcare.
Washington, D.C. Tuesday May 24, 2016 – Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) believes that a safe, stable home is a key social determinant of health. This belief is evident through the on-site services, community partnerships and focused resident engagement strategies that our members deploy at their senior properties. SAHF is proud to congratulate The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) on the release of its report, Healthy Aging Begins at Home.
This report highlights the pivotal role quality, safe affordable homes will play in the lives of all seniors across the nation over the next 15 years. It also reinforces the need to more effectively integrate affordable housing and healthcare services for current and future generations of Americans, due to the severe shortage of affordable rental homes for seniors.
The Healthy Aging Begins at Home report focuses on four key areas: 1) Building and preserving affordable housing for seniors; 2) Making homes and communities age-friendly; 3) Integrating health care and supportive services with housing; and 4) Promoting widespread adoption of health technologies to support successful aging.
Over the last year, the BPC’s Senior Health and Housing Task Force developed the report to provide recommendations on a variety of topics that would allow seniors to age with options and dignity. The Task Force members include former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, former HUD Secretary and Senator Mel Martinez, and former members of Congress Vin Weber and Allyson Schwartz. There is also an Advisory Committee, of which SAHF’s Strategic Advisor and Co-Founder, Bill Kelly, is a member.
“We have always known that there is a strong correlation between a person’s health status and the quality of their housing,” stated Bill Kelly, SAHF Strategic Advisor. “The recommendations in this report will catalyze the creation of a more cohesive system enabling housing to function as a platform for residents to maintain their well-being and gain access to quality healthcare services.”
The task force strongly recommends: 1) a significant increase in the low income housing tax credit to build and preserve affordable housing; 2) continuation of rental assistance to all section 202 rental housing; 3) more effective support for service coordination needs of senior housing providers, especially mission-oriented nonprofits; 4) a new program working through the states, enabling sponsors to combine tax credits and other capital sources with project-based rental assistance; and 5) making the prevention and ending of homelessness among older adults a national priority.
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