Submitted to the
|Ellen Feingold Co-Chair
Jewish Community Housing
for the Elderly
|Nancy Hooks Co-Chair
Regional Vice President
American Association of Homes and Services
for the Aging
|Jane O'Dell Baumgarten
Member, Board of Directors
North Bend, OR
|Reverend Emanuel Cleaver II
St. James United Methodist Church
Former Mayor of Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Chairman & CEO
Erickson Retirement Communities
|M'Liss Solove Houston
President and CEO
MSH Consulting, Inc.,
|James E. Introne,
Chair - Housing and Health Strategies Task Force
President - The Loretto System
Chair - Financing Strategies Task Force
President - Diana Mclver & Associates
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority,
Supportive Services Program
Elderly Housing & Development Corporation
Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO
|James H. Swanson
Senior Vice President
Paragon Mortgage Corporation,
|James T. Sykes,
Chair - Needs Assessment
Task Force Senior Advisor for Aging Policy
University of Wisconsin Medical School
Seattle Housing Authority
|Gerard L. Holder
|Kenneth R. Trepeta
|Dina E. Elani
|Margretta R. Kennedy
Director of Administration
Special Assistant to the
The Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century (hereafter, Seniors Commission) was established by Congress on October 20, 1999, under the Mandates of Public Law 106-74. Then Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee Chairman Rick Lazio and Ranking Member Barney Frank, of the House Housing and Financial Service Committees, announced creation of the Commission and the appointed Commissioners on January 2, 2001. The Commission held its first organizational meeting on April 29 and 30, 2001.
The Seniors Commission was created to study and report back to the Congress on housing and health facility needs for this and the next generation of seniors in America. It was empowered to offer specific policy and legislative recommendations to increase affordable housing and improve health-related service options for seniors now and as the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age. Existing and commissioned research - along with expert and public testimony compiled at field hearings across the United States - have been used to compile this report.
As detailed in the legislative Mandate, as amended, the Commission was required to submit to the Congress by June 30, 2002, a report that:
In addressing these matters, Congress directed the Commission to define and frame issues more precisely and to provide potential solutions. The Commission sought to:
To inform its work, the Commission held public hearings in:
A number of Commissioners also participated in a Public Forum in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 1, 2002.
The Seniors Commission established Task Forces on Financing Strategies, on Needs Assessment, and on Housing and Health Strategies to address specific elements of the Mandate. Each task force was given responsibility for Mandate requirements and individual hearings. The task forces worked with the staff to select witnesses who would provide useful testimony for the essential elements of the Commission Report. Commission Co-Chairs Ellen Feingold and Nancy Hooks served as ex officio members of each task force. The Commission contracted with several leading researchers and firms to conduct original research; the significant findings of their papers are included in the Appendix to this report.
Contemporaneous with the Seniors Commission, Congress also established the Millennial Housing Commission. Congress directed that Commission to identify, analyze, and develop recommendations that highlight the importance of housing, improve the housing delivery system, and provide affordable housing for the American people, including recommending possible legislative and regulatory initiatives. The two Commissions maintained appropriate liaison and they shared information, while respecting their individual Mandates.
The Seniors Commission findings, recommendations, and policy analyses are contained in this final report to the Congress.
All appropriate records of the Commission and its work will be available to the public through the National Archives. Its report is available online at www.seniorscommission.gov.
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