WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is a statement by AAHSA CEO Larry Minnix regarding the passage of the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act of 2009:
"Today's passage of S. 118 marks an important milestone in our work to help all seniors have a place to call home.
"This bill makes essential reforms in the Section 202 program to enable housing providers to maintain and improve existing housing, allow them to adjust to cost fluctuations and expand the supply of affordable housing for seniors both in urban and rural areas. The legislation will also allow for a number of crucial programmatic changes to increase the availability of supportive services in Section 202 communities so residents can age in place.
"We are grateful to Representatives Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Shelley Capito (R-W.V.), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), and Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) for speaking out in support of the bill and about the important role Section 202 communities play in their districts. We also applaud Senators Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for re-introducing the bill and advocating tirelessly for its passage over the last two years.
"We look forward to President Obama signing the bill, which will help more of our country's seniors have access to the affordable, safe and secure housing that they deserve."
AAHSA members (www.aahsa.org) help millions of individuals and their families every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. Our 5,800 member organizations, many of which have served their communities for generations, offer the continuum of aging services: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes. AAHSA's commitment is to create the future of aging services through quality people can trust. Follow @AAHSA on Twitter.
SOURCE American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging