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Senior Housing Resident Service Advisor Program

Urge Your Lawmakers to Invest in Senior Housing Resident Service Advisors in This Year's Budget

For many years, operators of senior housing have been able to access federal dollars for service advisors through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Research has shown that service advisor programs in senior housing promote emotional well-being and stronger social supports, higher resident awareness of services, and better linkages between residents and needed services. Unfortunately, the HUD funding never met the demand for service advisor programs across New York State and has been reduced significantly in recent years. Without state investment, this successful model may become extinct.

LeadingAge New York is asking that this year's state budget include a $10 million, five-year investment in a Senior Housing Resident Service Advisor Program. This $10 million would be used to bolster New York's historic commitment of $125 million to senior housing and would create a very cost-effective model for seniors to age in place, either in the new housing constructed for them or in the preexisting housing where they reside. The model would also result in savings to the state's Medicaid program by keeping low-income seniors out of more costly levels of care, such as assisted living or nursing homes.

Enter your information to contact your lawmakers, urging them to support the healthy aging of New York's seniors by investing in senior housing resident service advisors in this year's budget.