The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, May 13 approved its FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill by a party-line vote of 30-21.
Fifteen amendments were introduced and five were approved, though unfortunately none of the approved amendments pertained to housing or community development. An amendment that was offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to remove language from the bill that would effectively eliminate the National Housing Trust Fund and fund HOME at the President’s request of $1.06 billion was rejected because the additional spending was not offset by other cuts. NAHRO supported the amendment.
On May 6, the Senate Aging Committee held a hearing called “Aging in Place: Can Advances in Technology Help Seniors Live Independently?”
Both the increasing number of seniors (there are an estimated 46.3 million adults aged 65 and older in the United States) and their longer life spans (the Society of Actuaries estimates the life expectancy of a 65-year-old woman to be 88 and that of a 65-year-old man to be 86), making technology available for seniors will become a priority for society at many levels. Housing professionals should expect to see new products and initiatives in support of seniors’ ability to live independently, similar to those presented at the hearing.