DC HOUSING PROTEST

EXCERPT: “A nonprofit group that advocates for senior citizens rallied Tuesday near the U.S. Capitol to protest proposed funding cuts in the federal budget for affordable housing for low-income elderly people. D.C.-based LeadingAge said the budget proposal does not provide enough assistance for homes under Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. ‘What is occurring today in the budget talks is nothing short of ageism,’ said Stephen Fleming, chairman-elect of LeadingAge. ‘We are depleting the resources for older adults.’ President Trump’s 2018 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) includes a 17 percent cut in investments for affordable housing and eliminates the Housing Trust Fund, which preserves and builds affordable homes for low-income people. The main objectives of the Save HUD 202 campaign include preventing the proposed cuts to Section 202, maintaining 100 percent funding for seniors served by affordable housing and expanding the funds to create more affordable houses for the elderly.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2tq1uuJ