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Call to Action from LeadingAge: Urge Senators To Pass Housing Modernization Bill

Thursday, August 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amanda Wiedenfeld
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—TAKE ACTION—

LeadingAge needs your help to expand and preserve affordable housing for low-income seniors! The House unanimously passed a housing modernization bill in February (HR 3700). Now, the Senate needs to do the same.

How Can You Help?

Send your lawmakers an email message today and urge them to quickly pass HR 3700, the Housing Opportunity and Modernization Act. To show their support for HR 3700, Senators should be asked to cosponsor the Senate version of this bill, S 3083. Because HR 3700 already passed the House, the fastest way to get affordable senior housing program improvements in place is for the Senate to pass the identical House bill, HR 3700. Take Action Now We’ve provided you with a sample letter for your convenience. You can also call your lawmakers. Contact the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Talking Points

  • Pass the affordable housing modernization improvements in the House-passed Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, HR 3700. This bill passed unanimously in February by a vote of 427 – 0.
  • Show support for HR 3700 by cosponsoring S 3083, an identical bill introduced in the Senate by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Tim Scott (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Roy Blunt
    (R-MO).
  • The legislation would:
    • Modernize the ability of administrators to project-base housing choice vouchers by allowing the project-basing of up to 30% of the agency’s vouchers (rather than today’s 20% of the agency’s voucher budget) when the vouchers are used to house elderly and/or disabled households, veterans, and people who are homeless; and, erase the cap on the number of project-based vouchers used in a single senior housing community;
    • Streamline the calculation of tenant income for purposes of rent setting by simplifying calculation of medical expense deductions and increasing standard senior deduction;
    • Allow project sponsors / owners to rely on determinations of income conducted for other federal means-tested public assistance programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps); and,
    • Base tenant rents on prior-year income instead of projections of future income.

LeadingAge thanks you for your support on this important issue. Your voice is very important.

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