B’nai B’rith’s ‘There’s No Place Like Home Day’ Stresses Importance of Congressional Support for Low Income Housing for Seniors of Limited Means
At B’nai B’rith’s “There’s No Place Like Home Day” at Homecrest House, in Silver Spring, Maryland, residents told Congressional staff members why Congress’ support for low-income housing for seniors is so important.
Jarrett Moore, who works in Constituent Services for Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Patrick H. McCarthy, who is with the office of Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, listened as residents noted any increase in the amount they have to pay in rent would be “devastating.” During a panel discussion, residents wanted these Capitol Hill staffers to know how big a hardship it would be on them if such supported housing were not available. Homecrest residents noted that the building is a “good compromise between independence and help.”
Homecrest House is part of B’nai B’rith’s network of low-income housing for seniors. We launched a partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1971 and currently have 38 buildings and some 4,000 residents in what HUD calls Section 202 housing, making us the largest national Jewish sponsor of subsidized senior housing in the nation.
Mike Goldman, the Homecrest House board president, reminded the Capitol Hill staff members that “Congress is really important to keeping the whole thing afloat,” and he urged them to “carry a message back to Congress that a lot of people are grateful and dependent on your continued generosity.”
Homecrest House staff members led a tour of the complex, including visits to apartments, the on-site beauty salon, fitness center and library, as well as to the dining room, where some 200 dinners a day are served, to very positive reviews. A resident services coordinator noted how she assists in coordinating such services as housekeeping, transportation and even fall prevention guidance, for the building’s residents.
B’nai B’rith advocates across Capitol Hill on behalf of seniors, calling attention to the high demand and low capacity of federally subsidized apartments. Currently at Homecrest House, there is a 12-18 month waiting period for people seeking an affordable home.
“Today was a great way to highlight the importance of the Section 202 program and the vital role it plays in the lives of low-income seniors. This type of housing allows seniors to age in place and avoid more costly institutional care,” said Janel Doughten, B’nai B’rith’s associate director of the Center for Senior Services. “The HUD Section 202 program provides vital affordable housing for low-income seniors. B’nai B’rith International is proud to sponsor Section 202 buildings across the country and advocate on Capitol Hill against rental reforms which would be hurtful to our residents.”
Click here to read our latest Seniority Report newsletter, for up-to-date information on B’nai B’rith’s seniors program: https://www.bnaibrith.org/seniority-report-newsletter