Affordable Independent Senior Housing Assistance Program
For many years, operators of senior housing have been able to access federal dollars for resident assistants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Research has shown that resident assistance programs in senior housing, such as the HUD Section 202 Service Coordinator Program, 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 resident assistance 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 lawmakers to support A.4358 (Cymbrowitz)/S.4538 (Kavanagh), legislation that would establish a dedicated Affordable Independent Senior Housing Assistance Program. This program would bolster New York's historic commitment of $125 million to senior housing and 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. One potential funding source for the program, the Health Care Transformation Fund, was created in the final 2018-19 State Budget "to support health care delivery, including for capital investment, debt retirement or restructuring, housing and other social determinants of health, or transitional operating support to health care providers."
Enter your information below to contact your lawmakers, urging them to support A.4358 (Cymbrowitz)/S.4538 (Kavanagh). You can also access LeadingAge NY's memo of support here.