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CUOMO SAYS SENIOR CITIZENS GAIN NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVED HOUSING UNDER NEW CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATION INITIATIVE
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo said senior citizens around the nation would gain new opportunities for improved housing under a new initiative announced today by Vice President Gore.
The initiative - announced by the Vice President in an appearance in Tampa, FL - was developed with HUD to improve housing opportunities for older Americans and will be included in President Clinton's proposed federal budget for the 2000 fiscal year. It offers a range of housing options for the elderly - a Continuum of Care.
"Just as we want to save Social Security, we want to save housing security for older Americans," Cuomo said. "People who've spent decades working to improve our country in the 20th century shouldn't be forced into substandard housing or nursing homes where they don't belong in the 21st century."
"President Clinton and Vice President Gore understand that for families all over America, the housing needs of elderly parents and grandparents are a critical problem," Cuomo said. "This initiative will have a direct and dramatic impact in helping these families."
Portions of the new initiative involving HUD call for:
These steps build on proposals by President Clinton in his State of the Union Address to aid Americans with long-term care needs and those who care for them, including a $1,000 tax credit that compensates for the costs of caring for Americans of all ages with long-term care needs or the family caregivers who support them.
By combining new and existing HUD programs, and improving coordination with other federal aid, the new initiative would create a comprehensive senior housing system, Cuomo said.
Today about 1.5 million senior citizens pay more than 50 percent of their income for housing or live in substandard housing. Cuomo said housing problems for older Americans could grow worse because the number of Americans age 65 or older will double from about 34.3 million today to about 69.4 million in the year 2030 - when one in five people in this country will be elderly.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009