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AARP: Fighting for Older Americans 2010 Advocacy Agenda

Strengthen Transportation Services: AARP is calling on Congress to strengthen public transportation programs, particularly federal programs to address the special mobility needs of older Americans and people with disabilities.

Improving Housing Programs: AARP is calling on Congress to improve standards for housing programs.

Address the Rental Housing Crisis: High rates of home foreclosures have only intensified a long-standing rental housing crisis. AARP calls on Congress to increase annual funding for federal rental housing assistance programs and expand rental housing construction under the Public Housing and Section 202 Senior Housing programs.

Protect Senior Housing: AARP is fighting for a national strategy to preserve affordable senior housing projects to prevent conversion and displacement of low-income residents and those with disabilities, and for rehabilitation of buildings to meet current safety, accessibility and energy efficiency standards.

Increase Housing Accessibility: AARP is fighting to extend long-established federal housing accessibility standards for multi-family rental housing to new and rehabilitated single family housing to assure broader availability of suitable housing opportunities for older residents and those with disabilities.  

Protecting Energy Security: AARP is fighting to protect older Americans’ energy security and keep utility prices affordable.  

Protect Consumers: AARP is fighting to protect consumers from rising energy costs as part of any energy independence or climate change legislation. For example, if utilities benefit from such legislation through free pollution rights, consumers should share the benefit through a direct reduction in their monthly electricity bills.

Give Consumers a Voice: AARP is fighting to create a Consumer Advocate Office to provide an independent voice for consumers at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Provide Help for Struggling Americans: AARP is fighting to provide additional assistance to low- and fixed-income consumers who pay a disproportionate share of their income on utilities.

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