Affordable Senior Housing and Services Program
The final 2017-18 State Budget allocated $125 million for the development or rehabilitation of 100% senior housing, targeted to low income seniors aged 60 and above. LeadingAge NY and a coalition of senior housing organizations and advocates support S.5141-B (Little), which would establish an Affordable Senior Housing and Services Program with its own rules and scoring criteria. The program would also provide for optional basic healthy aging services for senior housing residents.
Creating a new statewide Affordable Senior Housing and Services Program would help address the demand for safe, decent affordable housing for seniors, while also ensuring that seniors are not unnecessarily placed in more costly and restrictive institutional settings.
This legislation has twice passed the Senate unanimously. While the Senate has continued to pursue agreement, recalling and amending the bill to address concerns, the Assembly has not acted. It is currently stuck in the Ways and Means Committee, and we need to put pressure on the Assembly to move it forward.
Enter your information to send a letter to your lawmakers, urging them to support S.5141-B (Little). You can also access LeadingAge NY's memo of support here.