B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) toured one of B’nai B’rith International’s housing facilities to meet with residents and discuss the critical importance of housing for adults with limited means. Sam J. Stone B’nai B’rith Covenant Apartments in Peoria, Ill. is a residential facility sponsored by B’nai B’rith in partnership with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“I had a great discussion with the seniors of B'nai B'rith Covenant Apartments today about all of the issues affecting them and their families. Our seniors worked hard all of their lives and they deserve to retire with dignity, and that includes providing them with affordable housing options through the Section 202 program. I believe that all seniors should be able to retire with peace of mind which is why I'm fighting hard to protect the Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits they've earned,” Bustos said.
Bustos’ tour of the building included a model apartment, two community rooms, laundry room, food pantry and the computer/library room. Other amenities were outlined for the Congresswoman: how the Peoria Public Library book program works, how transportation to doctor appointments is provided and much more.
The Congresswoman held a Q-and-A session with about 75 residents and answered questions regarding affordable housing rental subsidies, Social Security, veteran issues, nutrition assistance programs and Medicare.
This type of housing is in constant demand, and researchers say for every low-income senior housing apartment nationwide there are 10-12 seniors waiting for a spot.
“It was a pleasure hosting Congresswoman Bustos at B’nai B’rith Covenant Apartments. Her visit highlighted the importance Section 202 plays by providing affordable housing for low-income seniors to age in place. Affordable housing accompanied by programs like Medicare and Social Security allow seniors to retire with dignity,” B’nai B’rith International Assistant Director for Aging Policy Evan Carmen said.
The B'nai B'rith Senior Housing Network in the United States consists of 38 buildings in 27 communities, includes some 4,500 apartment units and serves more than 8,000 people.
“I have been here for seven years and I moved here after I retired because of the amenities they provide to the residents and especially security. I was looking for security and I find it here at B’nai B’rith, there are many programs here for seniors that benefit them, and it’s just one big happy family here,” said resident Ruth Bush.