LeadingAge launches affordable housing campaign

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

The campaign, Save HUD 202, focuses on preventing cuts to HUD 202, maintaining 100% funding for people currently served by affordable housing and expanding funding to create new affordable housing for older adults.

“A confluence of complex threats compels us to launch this campaign,” Linda Couch, vice president of housing policy at LeadingAge, said in a statement. “But our goals are simple: preserve every 202 home we have and bring affordable housing to every older adult who needs it.”

In late June, LeadingAge and its state partners and members plan to hold a rally on Capitol Hill.

“We want to be very loud and very clear that cuts to the HUD 202 program will have a devastating effect on many older adults who rely on affordable housing options,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “As the number of older adults increases rapidly, more — not less — funding is needed.”

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