Affordable Housing

Advocates say Appropriations Subcommittee bill has good news for seniors but more housing funding is needed

Advocates say Appropriations Subcommittee bill has good news for seniors but more housing funding is needed

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Advocates for aging services and affordable housing said they are pleased that a House Appropriations subcommittee bill exceeds the administration's fiscal year 2019 request for Housing and Urban Development funding. More is needed, however, they say.

First 'LGBT-affirming' senior housing community opens in San Diego

First 'LGBT-affirming' senior housing community opens in San Diego

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The grand opening for San Diego's first "LGBT-affirming" senior housing community, North Park Seniors, was Friday.

Federal departments should collaborate to serve affordable seniors housing residents, GAO says

Federal departments should collaborate to serve affordable seniors housing residents, GAO says

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The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban should include the Department of Agriculture in collaborations involving housing and health services for older adults living in affordable seniors housing and other settings, the Government Accountability Office recommended Thursday in a new report.

HUD rent proposal 'would immediately impact seniors' if passed, LeadingAge says

HUD rent proposal 'would immediately impact seniors' if passed, LeadingAge says

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Rent reforms proposed Wednesday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson "would immediately impact seniors" living in subsidized housing if passed, despite assertions to the contrary by federal officials, LeadingAge Vice President of Housing Policy Linda Couch tells McKnight's Senior Living.

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

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Chronic care management via telehealth and remote monitoring, service coordination in affordable housing, and long-term care financing are some of the new directions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should explore through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, according to feedback from providers and associations.

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

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Supporters of Alzheimer's disease-related health promotion, dementia research, falls prevention and affordable housing are cheering provisions contained in a $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 spending bill released Wednesday evening.

LeadingAge, 567 others urge rethinking of 'alarming' proposed HUD mission statement

LeadingAge, 567 others urge rethinking of 'alarming' proposed HUD mission statement

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LeadingAge and National Church Residences were among 164 national organizations recently sending a letter urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to keep creating "inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination" in its mission statement.

The real crisis in senior housing

The real crisis in senior housing

The United States needs a new paradigm for caring for older generations, including a new approach to senior living.

President's budget proposes Medicaid changes, affordable housing funding cuts

President's budget proposes Medicaid changes, affordable housing funding cuts

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Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, reform of the Medicaid program to fund it through per capita caps or block grants, and cuts to affordable housing programs all are proposed as part of President Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget request, released Monday.

Elderly HUD housing residents could see 5% income threshold increase

Elderly HUD housing residents could see 5% income threshold increase

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development reportedly is considering raising the income threshold by 5% for elderly and other residents of federally subsidized housing and setting a work requirement for younger aid recipients, according to draft legislation.

Collaboration to test Dr. Bill Thomas' 'tiny house' model

Collaboration to test Dr. Bill Thomas' 'tiny house' model

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A year-long pilot project on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville will test Dr. Bill Thomas' "tiny house" dwellings as a multigenerational community housing model, the university, its foundation and Thomas announced Monday.

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.

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May 16

$3 million milestone

Parkville, FL 

Oak Crest recently passed the $3 million mark in the amount of scholarship funds the community has awarded to employees over the past 22 years.