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Taking an “all-of-government” approach, the federal government has announced several key actions to boost the supply of affordable housing, including affordable senior housing.

“LeadingAge applauds the emphasis on affordable housing for older adults, and we will continue to work with the White House and other policymakers to improve housing affordability for older adults,” LeadingAge Director of Housing Operations and Public Policy Juliana Bilowich wrote in a blog post.

Thursday, the White House released a fact sheet announcing new actions to boost housing supply and lower housing costs. According to the announcement, those new actions will create “tens of thousands” of affordable homes while promoting rental markets that are fairer and more transparent.

The White House called out the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s recent announcement to fund new Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly homes. In that announcement, HUD said that it is making $115 million in grants available to develop and improve affordable senior housing for low-income older adults. The agency expects to make 20 awards of up to $20 million each through the program.

Other HUD programs highlighted in the White House fact sheet included clarification on banning non-rent fees in HUD-assisted multifamily and project-based voucher properties, including application and screening fees, and promoting prospective renters’ rights during the tenant screening process — a joint collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Justice and HUD. HUD also published a fact sheet of resident resources to prevent unfair and preventable evictions.