Meals on wheels People endorses yes for affordable housing
AN IMPORTANT CHOICE
This November, voters in the Portland metro area and across Oregon can help keep our communities together by voting YES for Affordable Housing.
Our organization is supporting Measure 102 and Measure 26-199, two affordable housing ballot measures that will ensure safe, affordable housing for more working families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities throughout our region.
Seniors are directly impacted by the steep increase in housing costs in our area and are often forced to make difficult choices between paying the rent/mortgage, heating their homes, and paying for food and medicine. Meals on Wheels People supports Measure 102 because we believe seniors have the right to reasonably priced housing where they can live independently without making choices between basic needs.
Take action and speak up for seniors!
senior hunger is a national issue. Read more about THE ESCALATING PROBLEM OF SENIOR HUNGER AND ISOLATION
Our nation’s senior population is growing exponentially, outpacing the resources available to serve vulnerable older adults and putting their health and well-being in jeopardy. Meals on Wheels is a proven public-private partnership that effectively addresses the challenges of aging by promoting health and improving quality of life for at-risk seniors.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018: Washington Update
SENATE PASSES LABOR-HHS-ED BILL ON TIME, A FIRST IN 22 YEARS
FY 2019 FUNDING BILL MOVES TO HOUSE FOR VOTE
Earlier this afternoon, the Senate passed H.R. 6157, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) Appropriations Act, by a vote of 93 to 7, demonstrating overwhelming bipartisan support. As we shared with you in our Washington Update last week, this spending package would provide a funding increase of $10 million for the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program, split evenly between congregate and home-delivered nutrition services.
This marks the first time that Congress is on track to approve a Labor-HHS-Ed spending bill on time – before the end of the fiscal year – in more than two decades, and the spending package is now one step closer to becoming law before the September 30 deadline.
FOCUSING OUR ATTENTION ON THE HOUSE
Thanks to our national network’s collective advocacy efforts, the Senate has shown its support for Meals on Wheels through these increased funding levels. Now, we need the same to happen in the House. This spending package is moving to the full House, where a vote will likely take place next week, and only after the bill has been approved can the final version be sent to the President to be signed into law.
Therefore, we urge you to use the days leading up to the House vote to continue to call on your Representatives in the House to adopt the FY 2019 funding levels as directed by the Conference Committee and approved by the Senate. It only takes a few minutes to call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your program’s Representative(s) to make your voice heard.
By working together, we have been able to raise significant awareness and support for your programs on Capitol Hill!
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