Thursday, March 31, 2011
Within the next two weeks, Congress will vote on a budget proposal that may include massive, historic cuts in senior programs that provide jobs, housing, and volunteer opportunities for older Americans. ~~ We Need Your Help Now Already, the House has passed a bill that would: ~~ *Cut the Senior Community Service Employment Program— our nation’s only jobs program designed to help older Americans in need—by $525 M, or 64%, eliminating jobs for more than 83,000 poor seniors. ~~ *Completely abolish the Senior Corps program—"firing" more than 450,000 senior volunteers in the Foster Grandparent, RSVP, and Senior Companion programs. ~~ *Cut the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program by $551 million—a two-thirds reduction. ~~ If We Fail to Act, These Cuts Could Become Law. Email your lawmakers TODAY and urge them to reject cuts in senior programs that provide jobs, housing, and volunteer opportunities for older Americans. ~~ Votes are scheduled within the next two weeks. Please share this alert with everyone in your network. ~~ Thanks for your support! ~~ The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans--especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged--and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit http://www.ncoa.org/.
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