public policy


  • Call your Senators TODAY and urge them to pass the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

    The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is one of many anti-hunger programs facing cuts. This program, which primarily serves seniors 60 years and older, provides a monthly box of food to 604,000 individuals who earn less than $14,300 a year. The House of Representatives has proposed cutting this program by $38 million this coming year. If these cuts are made, approximately 150,000 people, mostly seniors, will lose their monthly boxes of food.

    Right now, we have an opportunity to show Mr. Coleman and the other 603,999 individuals who receive CSFP that we haven’t turned our backs. On November 1st, the Senate will vote on the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which includes a provision to protect CSFP from being cut.  Please call your Senators and urge them to pass the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.  You can find your Senators' names and their phone numbers here or dial the switchboard number: 202-224-3121. Together, we can create a hunger-free America where every senior has access to the nutritious food they need for healthy aging. 

  • Protect and Strengthen the Older Americans Act

    The Older Americans Act (OAA) is a key vehicle to provide support that keep older adults healthy, independent, and engaged in their communities. Since 1965, the OAA has funded programs and services such as nutrition assistance, caregiver support, transportation, and more.

  • The Debt Ceiling Plan: How Will it Affect Vulnerable Seniors?

    After months of negotiations, Congress and President Obama have agreed on a package to increase the nation’s debt ceiling and cut the federal budget. What does the plan mean for seniors who are struggling to make ends meet? As with any compromise, there’s both good news and bad news.

  • Focus on Seniors, not Swindlers

    In a June 23 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, James Bovard suggested there is rampant fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps). NCOA’s Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Vice President of Benefits Access, responds to Bovard’s accusations by pointing to the real problem: seniors who need the benefit are not getting it.

  • Why Reverse Mortgage Counseling Matters for Seniors in Need

    The fiscal year 2011 federal budget dealt a severe blow to Americans who are struggling with housing issues. Congress completely eliminated funding for the federal Housing Counseling program through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Why does this matter to older Americans who are economically insecure? Because Congress also eliminated funding for HUD reverse mortgage counseling—a critical program that helps older homeowners find ways to stay in their own homes longer.

  • Fighting for Affordable Senior Housing in these Troubled Times

    The Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program currently houses nearly 400,000 seniors throughout the country. Since 1959, Congress has funded the development of affordable apartment buildings for seniors, and these innovative communities have led the way in creating successful models of supportive, service-enriched, person-centered housing.

    Yet after cutting this program's funding by 51% in their FY2011 budget, Congress is now considering whether to end the Section 202 development program while continuing to support those already residing in Section 202 housing.

  • Medicaid and Seniors: What’s at Stake in the Budget Debate

    This summer, Congress is under enormous pressure to find a way to reduce the federal deficit—and Medicaid has become a prime target for cuts. National advocacy groups are now coming together to protect this vital program for our most vulnerable citizens.

  • ONE AWAY and the Older Americans Act

    If you’ve visited the One Away website before, you’ve seen the stories and read the solutions we’re gathering to help the 13 million older adults who are living in or on the edge of poverty. But how will we transform these ideas into reality to improve seniors’ lives? One critical vehicle is the Older Americans Act (OAA).