Advocacy for Affordable Housing
April 7, 2017
According to a 2014 report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 10,000 people turn 65 each day. By 2035, low-income seniors may be using more than half of their income for housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that nine senior citizens are waiting for each available affordable housing unit.
Many United Church of Christ-related ministries are rising to the challenge, providing and advocating for the affordable housing and health care needs of older adults. At times, it seems overwhelming. The Rev. Dr. Laverne R. Joseph, president and CEO of the UCC-related Retirement Housing Foundation based in Long Beach, Calif., says RHF currently has 23,000 applications nationwide for its 185 communities.
The shortage for affordable housing is real. United Church of Christ CHHSM leaders take advocacy fight to congress. Learn more.