Affordable Housing

Report: Some residents at risk for a new kind of religious discrimination

Report: Some residents at risk for a new kind of religious discrimination

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Revised laws and policies exempting religious organizations from anti-discrimination provisions are taking a toll on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders, a new report claims.

Housing Trust Fund bill conveys threat to affordable housing

Housing Trust Fund bill conveys threat to affordable housing

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Even though a bill negatively affecting the Housing Trust Fund and being considered this week by the House Financial Services Committee may not pass as written — or at all, it is more proof that threats face affordable housing, according to LeadingAge Vice President for Housing Policy, Congressional Affairs and Housing Linda Couch.

Imperiled tax credit could lead to improved health, report says

Imperiled tax credit could lead to improved health, report says

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"Evidence is building" that the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit has a positive effect on the health of residents of affordable housing, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report calls for more research into the connection just as Congress is considering tax reform that would eliminate incentives that facilitate the production of affordable housing for seniors and others.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac re-enter LIHTC market

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac re-enter LIHTC market

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency has granted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac limited re-entry into the Low Income Housing Tax Credit market as equity investors.

Provider group concerns with House, Senate tax bills continue

Provider group concerns with House, Senate tax bills continue

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Provider groups continued to express concerns over provisions in the $1.5 trillion tax reform legislation that passed 227-205 Thursday in the House of Representatives and in the tax reform bill under consideration in the Senate.

New York initiative to invest more than $150 million in seniors housing

New York initiative to invest more than $150 million in seniors housing

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New York City plans to invest more than $150 million over the next 11 years to help meet the housing needs of seniors under a slate of new affordable housing programs, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced.

House tax bill foes decry potential effects on seniors' medical costs, housing

House tax bill foes decry potential effects on seniors' medical costs, housing

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Advocates for senior living and affordable housing have expressed opposition to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, proposed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, because it eliminates the medical expense deduction and tax incentives for senior housing construction.

HUD accepting comments on $15 million supportive services pilot project

HUD accepting comments on $15 million supportive services pilot project

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A $15 million, three-year U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development project that will test the ability of an enhanced supportive services model to help elderly residents of affordable housing properties age in place and stay out of emergency departments, hospitals and nursing homes continues to move forward.

Health monitoring reduces hospitalizations, turnover of affordable housing residents

Health monitoring reduces hospitalizations, turnover of affordable housing residents

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Use of an on-site telehealth kiosk and weekly nurse consultations have cut resident hospitalizations, reduced resident moves to higher levels of care and decreased resident turnover at affordable housing properties operated by Lutheran Senior Services, according to the organization.

More news for Tuesday, Sept. 26

Florida assisted living reports will continue to be redacted ... Vision and hearing loss are tied to cognitive decline ... 488,332 affordable housing units at risk in next 5 years

More news for Friday, Sept. 15

Senate confirms Pamela Patenaude as HUD deputy secretary ... Pentagon fires chief of Armed Forces Retirement Home agency ... Football games encourage memory care residents to exercise ... Retirement home — for dogs — being rebuilt after Harvey

More news for Wednesday, Sept. 6

Harvey makes Trump rethink draining swamp at HUD ... UNLV students design "dream retirement home" in Energy Department competition ... Harvey brought a sense of being trapped for vulnerable older adults ... The secret to chronic happiness as you age

Nine characteristics of affordable assisted living

Nine characteristics of affordable assisted living

For the seniors housing and care industry, now is the time to invest in and develop more affordable assisted living options.

More news for Wednesday, Aug. 23

The dismantling of HUD under Sec. Ben Carson ... Sepp out; ACHCA announces search for new CEO ... Masonicare Ashlar Village to welcome college students as residents again this year ... Manhattan gets $20,000-a-month homes for new breed of seniors ... 'Granny pods' become a solution for retirees with limited budgets

Woes continue for senior living rental assistance program

Woes continue for senior living rental assistance program

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Residents at Valley Springs in Auburn recently received a letter notifying them to vacate the building. That's because the Kansas-based complex for seniors — a Section 42 participant — is being foreclosed on.

Carson calls for increased private-market involvement in affordable housing

Carson calls for increased private-market involvement in affordable housing

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Decreased regulation would enable private markets to become more involved in helping to solve the "affordable rental housing crisis" that affects older adults and others, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday as the agency released a new report to Congress.

Falls prevention, housing with services for older adults among HUD priorities, Carson says

Falls prevention, housing with services for older adults among HUD priorities, Carson says

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Preventing falls, maintaining health and finding new ways to ensure the availability of affordable housing for older adults are three areas of focus for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said during a luncheon keynote speech at LeadingAge Florida's annual meeting.

More news for Wednesday, July 19

Assisted living tries virtual reality to help seniors with dementia ... Texas' biggest assisted living facility for Medicaid closing ... Armed Forces Retirement Home's golf course struggles to stay open

HUD funding bill goes before House Appropriations Committee on Monday

HUD funding bill goes before House Appropriations Committee on Monday

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The House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider Housing and Urban Development funding contained in a subcommittee fiscal year 2018 spending bill on Monday night. The bill is a "mixed bag," according to LeadingAge.

Advocates bring attention to affordable housing

Advocates bring attention to affordable housing

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Most eyes on Washington may be focused on healthcare reform, but advocates for seniors and seniors housing ensured that affordable housing received some attention, too, on Tuesday, holding a rally in Upper Senate Park outside the Capitol.

HUD allocates $219 million to states for Housing Trust Fund in FY 2017

HUD allocates $219 million to states for Housing Trust Fund in FY 2017

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State funding levels for the $219 million that will be allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for affordable housing via the national Housing Trust Fund in fiscal year 2017 were approved June 14 and have been released by HUD.

A new affordable housing option?

A new affordable housing option?

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Dr. Bill Thomas has a new project for affordable seniors housing: tiny houses that could be used as accessory dwelling units ("granny pods") or clustered into so-called pocket neighborhoods.

States must improve residential care options, HCBS funding, AARP says

States must improve residential care options, HCBS funding, AARP says

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States will need to accelerate the rate of improving long-term services and supports in several areas to meet the upcoming needs of aging baby boomers, according to a report released today by the AARP.

Assisted living communities target lower-income residents

Assisted living communities target lower-income residents

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A Phoenix-area developer is building assisted living options for an often-overlooked population: those with few financial resources.

A spending plan that just might put you out of business

A spending plan that just might put you out of business

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With the Trump administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, it's guns versus butter, and guns are now in the lead, right? Not exactly.

Proposed budget's cuts to Medicaid, affordable housing elicit concerns

Proposed budget's cuts to Medicaid, affordable housing elicit concerns

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"Drastic" and "devastating" are two of the words used by advocacy organizations representing seniors housing or care providers and those they serve to describe President Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, released Tuesday.

Housing is 'lynchpin to aging well,' hearing witness tells Aging Committee

Housing is 'lynchpin to aging well,' hearing witness tells Aging Committee

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If the United States wants to become more age-friendly, it must do a better job of addressing the affordable housing needs of older Americans, a witness told members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging at a hearing Wednesday.

More news for Wednesday, May 10

DOL: The growing need for eldercare workers ... Affordable housing program costs more, shelters fewer ... Literacy program inspires intergenerational friendships ... Magnifying glass at root of fire at senior living facility

LeadingAge launches affordable housing campaign

LeadingAge launched a campaign Monday targeting the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program.

Trump's tax plan could add up to trouble for affordable housing, advocates say

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Affordable housing advocates are concerned by what little they can see in President Trump's one-page tax reform plan, released Wednesday. And they have ideas on how he can improve it.

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Jan. 10

The gift of connection

Louisville, KY

Storytelling that leads to sharing and social connection is the focus of a new gift that Atria Senior Living is sharing with residents at its approximately 200 communities across the country and in Canada.