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Capitol Correspondence - 02.25.20

ANCOR Signs onto Letters of Support for Older Americans Act, Housing Funding

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To ensure that people with disabilities can live full and independent lives in the community, ANCOR joined two broad coalitions in signing onto two letters of support sent to Congress. These coalition letters encourage Congress to:

  • Renew the Older Americans Act (OAA). As written in the letter, signed by over 130 organizations: “The OAA is essential to developing, coordinating, and delivering home and community-based services that help older adults remain in their homes and communities as they age. Many individuals served by OAA-funded programs would otherwise be at significant risk of hunger, isolation, abuse, and losing their ability to choose where they want to age.”
  • Include funding for accessible low-income housing in its infrastructure bill. As written in the letter: “We, the undersigned organizations, write to thank you for your leadership in advancing plans for a much needed infrastructure package and urge you to include robust investments in affordable, accessible housing for America’s lowest-income seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, families with children, and other individuals. In particular, we urge you to include $70 billion to fully address the capital-needs backlog of public housing repairs, as well as $5 billion to create and preserve affordable and accessible homes through the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF).” At the time of this writing the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), which is leading the letter, is still collecting signatures through an online form.