Call to Action: FY21 Budget Presents Challenges
The President’s delivery of his HUD budget request to Congress on February 10 marks the start of the FY21 appropriations season. The President has requested a damaging 15% overall cut to HUD for FY21. HUD’s Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program, however, is unscathed. For Section 202, the President is seeking:
- $100 million for new Section 202 homes.
- Full funding for Project Rental Assistance Contract and Service Coordinator renewals.
- An extension of the about-to-end Integrated Wellness in Supportive Housing (IWISH) demonstration.
- More room in the Rental Assistance Demonstration to accommodate the kinds of aging in community services we support.
LeadingAge priorities for FY21 includes $600 million for new Section 202 homes;
full renewal funding for Service Coordinators plus $75 million for Service Coordinators in communities currently without them; and a 2-year IWISH extension.
LeadingAge Ohio members are encouraged to visit the LeadingAge website in order to easily connect with individuals in Congress and to sign on to a letter urging HUD’s appropriations to be strengthened.