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Letter: Senior housing programs under attack and underfunded

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici re housing challenges

Published on December 13, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 15, 2017 9:51AM

Thank you for bringing much-needed attention to the housing challenges faced by low-income seniors. (“On the edge: Housing for the elderly a challenge in Astoria,” The Daily Astorian, Dec. 8).

My family just celebrated my mother’s 89th birthday. As her daughter and caregiver, I know firsthand how vulnerable many seniors are, and how important it is to maintain our social safety net. In Congress, I helped to pass the Older Americans Act so seniors have protections and supports they need to age with dignity.

It is unacceptable that seniors like Marge Glaser are facing possible homelessness, especially when Republican leadership in Congress is jamming through a tax plan that adds $1.5 trillion to the debt, benefits big corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and jeopardizes bond programs that help fund affordable housing.

In the article several programs were mentioned, such as Section 8 housing vouchers, that have been under attack and underfunded for too long. I will continue to be a staunch advocate for affordable housing and the many programs that help seniors stay healthy, safe, and in their homes.

Addressing housing insecurity is a team effort, and I thank the dedicated partners in Clatsop County — including elected officials, the Astoria Senior Center, Clatsop Community Action, Helping Hands, and North West Oregon Housing Authority — for their hard work.

Everyone should have the security of stable housing. In Congress, I’ll continue to stand up for seniors and the most vulnerable in our communities.

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

Washington, D.C.


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