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Enterprise Community Partners: Community Developments: Affordable Housing Hearing, Homes for Elderly People

Published on August 2, 2017

  • Today the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on "America's Affordable Housing Crisis: Challenges and Solutions." In a bipartisan show of support for affordable housing, members of the committee from both sides of the aisle acknowledged the need for more affordable housing and the role of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) as our nation’s primary tool for increasing the supply. The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 548) featured prominently in the discussion, and there were numerous comments from witnesses as well as members of the committee about the need to strengthen and expand the Housing Credit. Read more about the hearing on the Enterprise blog.


  • As the population of older Americans grows, demand for affordable senior housing is also rising. According to HUD, more than four million people above the age of 65 live in poverty, only 1.6 million of whom receive rental assistance. In New York City, for example, more than 200,000 elderly people have put their names on waiting lists to get into the city’s few affordable senior housing properties. An article in Multifamily Executive argues that the federal government should address this shortage of units by increasing the number of housing vouchers available to seniors, protecting funding for the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program and expanding the Housing Credit, which is the most significant source of funding to build new affordable housing, including senior housing. (Multifamily Executive, July 24)

Did someone say Seniors? A reminder to:


Rhode Island Housing, HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams and University and LeadingAge RI to host:

Senior Health + Housing Forum

September 19, 2017

1:00 - 4:00PM

Networking reception to follow

Roger Williams University - Providence Campus

Featuring Keynote Speaker Linda Couch,

LeadingAge VP of Housing Policy.

Over the next ten years, Rhode Island's population of seniors is projected to grow significantly. Many will need assistance with housing, services and healthcare to live independently.

Are you a healthcare or services provide working with seniors facing housing-related challenges? Or a housing owner/developer who serves seniors struggling to live independently?

Join us to meet potential collaborators and share best practices in meeting the health and housing needs of our seniors.