MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 7, 2020) - LeadingAge PA is pleased to congratulate its member organization Catholic Housing and Community Services for their award of $871,055 to finance the development of housing for older adults living on low incomes. Catholic Housing and Community Services, which applied for the money via a grant-based awards program, is one of 18 recipients nationwide announced by HUD. Of those, 11 of the communities are operated by LeadingAge members. Of the $51 million of total grants awarded, LeadingAge members received $32.8 million.

These new homes respond to an accurate need for affordable housing in Pennsylvania, where 35% of renters 80 and over spend more than half of their incomes for housing. Research tells us that these same seniors spend 47% less on food and 50% less on healthcare than seniors without housing cost burdens.

"This award is great news for both Catholic Housing and Community Services and seniors across the commonwealth," said Adam Marles, president and CEO of LeadingAge PA. "As one of the grayest states in the country, funding programs such as the Section 202 program is critical to older Pennsylvanians having access to affordable housing. We value the advocacy efforts of our national partner, LeadingAge, and the years of tireless work ensuring affordable senior housing for our country's aging population is developed and maintained."

The Section 202 program serves older adults who are priced out of today's housing market. In Pennsylvania, the average annual income of a Section 202 household is $14,415, too little to afford quality housing.

"These awards remind us of what's possible when precious federal funds align with real community needs. Kudos to the organizations bringing affordable homes and services to these 18 communities," said Linda Couch, VP, housing policy, LeadingAge. "And we thank Congress for its leadership. As we celebrate this victory, we will keep in mind that wait lists are long and our fight is far from over. LeadingAge will keep advocating to expand the nation's affordable housing supply until every older adult has a quality place to call home."

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About LeadingAge PA: 

LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 350 not-for-profit senior housing, health care and community services across the commonwealth. These providers serve more than 75,000 older Pennsylvanians and employ over 50,000 dedicated caregivers on a daily basis. Services our members offer include Life Plan Communities / Continuing Care Retirement Communities, skilled nursing communities, assisted living residences, personal care homes, and affordable senior housing. LeadingAge PA advocates on behalf of our members at the state and local levels to influence positive change and affect a healthy vision for the delivery of quality, affordable and ethical care for Pennsylvania's seniors. For more information about LeadingAge PA and our envisioned future of senior services, visit www.leadingagepa.org.

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