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Housing Briefing – Arnold Lopez

Beyond the Housing Crisis: Affordable Housing as a Platform to Address Issues Affecting Our Senior Population

April 27, 2016
Cannon House Office Building – Room 121
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Moderated by CHCI-Wells Fargo Housing Graduate Fellow Arnold Lopez
Click here to download your copy of the white paper

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), in 2014 there were over 46 million Americans 65 years of age and over. In 2020, 16 percent of the nation’s population will be age 65 and over and will increase to make 19 percent of the population by 2030. Growth projections indicate that as each day goes by an estimated 10,000 more Americans will be 65 years of age. Additionally, the income security of our elderly is becoming an increasing problem as rising housing prices continue to outpace the cost of living for seniors who rely on a fixed income. On average, seniors are spending more than 35 percent of their income on housing, leaving very little of their retirement pension budget for healthcare and other vital necessities.

This briefing will discuss the challenges and opportunities that will arise for the 65+ population, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable subgroups. Arnold López, CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow, will discuss his white paper report titled, "Beyond the Housing Crisis: Affordable Housing as a Platform to Address Issues Affecting Our Growing Population".

Speakers:

Jennifer Ho - Senior Advisor of Housing and Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Angela Boyd - Vice President of Advocacy, Enterprise Community Partners
Lisa Rodriguez - Associate State Director for Advocacy & Outreach, AARP
Alisha Sanders - Managing Director, Center for Housing Plus Services

Remarks from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, U.S. Representative, 5th District of Missouri

The 2016 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.