There were a flurry of votes in the U.S. Senate the week of May 13 on the 2013 budget plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and on budget alternatives developed by President Obama and Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT). None of these measures passed the Senate. Any real progress on the 2013 budget depends on the outcome of the election as to whether the White House and/or the Senate change hands. If partisan control shifts, each party may perceive an advantage to delaying work on budget issues until new party members come in in January, or conversely getting a spending bill done in December while the party still retains a majority.
Building, preserving, and operating affordable housing for seniors, both single family and multifamily rental, in rural America presents challenges and opportunities. In the winter edition of the Housing Assistance Council’s Rural Voices, the issues around rural senior housing are explored including a picture of seniors in rural America, case studies of repair and home modification programs in Iowa and California and building multifamily housing in rural communities, a discussion of the importance of the Section 202 program in rural America, housing and services programs, and the reverse mortgage program.