Annual Affordable Senior Housing
Resident Advocacy Day
Thank you to everyone who attended our 9th Annual ASHRAD in June 2019! Here is a quick recap of the event:
On June 4th, LeadingAge California held its 9th Annual Affordable Senior Housing Resident Advocacy Day in Sacramento, and it was a delight to have communities join us from far and near to speak up for our three sponsored affordable senior housing bills!
SB 611, the Affordable Senior Housing in the Master Plan on Aging bill, calls on the Governor's Office to establish the Housing Older Persons Effectively (HOPE) Task Force as part of the state's Master Plan for Aging. It would convene stakeholders from around the state to find solutions that would help older adults and people with disabilities to age in place. The Modernizing Funding for Senior Housing bill, SB 623, seeks to use the most updated data available to assses the housing needs of our older adults and determine the set-aside for senior housing under the Multifamily Housing Program. Finally, AJR 15 is a resolution asking the president and HUD for increased funding for the Section 202 program, to help meet the affordable housing needs of our older adults.
Residents and staff wer briefed on these bills during our luncheon, asked engaging questions and prepared to share their experiences with legislators. In the Capitol, participants visited their representatives' offices, connected with staffers, and made their legislative asks. Whether this was their first, fifth, or fiftieth visit to the Capitol, their energy was inspiring, and we see them as nothing less than affordable housing heroes! Through their strength in numbers, enthusiastic participation and the powerful stories they shared, our heroes help us carry out our mission to advance housing, care & services for older adults.
This year's ASHRAD would not have been possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors: Santa Clara Methodist Retirement Foundation, Episcopal Communities & Services, Covia, and Retirement Housing Foundation. Thank you for helping bring residents to Sacramento, providing them the unique experience of directly advocating for themselves and older adults, and helping California be an age-friendly state. We can't wait to see you again next year for our 10th Annual ASHRAD!
For photos of our 9th Annual ASHRAD, check out our LeadingAge California Facebook album
For more information about ASHRAD, contact Jesus Mata.