Crist, Poliquin Introduce Bipartisan Bill Helping Seniors Spend Golden Years In Their Own Home
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL-13) was joined by Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-02) in introducing the Senior Accessible Housing Act, bipartisan legislation to help seniors live more independently. The bill makes home modifications more affordable so seniors can more easily and safely continue living in their own residences as they grow older. Original co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01), John Conyers (D-MI-03), Dan Donovan (R-NY-11), John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-01), Gwen Moore (D-WI-04), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-09).
“Giving seniors the option to age in place is less costly and can improve their quality of life. Providing tax credits for home modifications is smart policy – it’s better for our seniors and better for our communities," said Congressman Crist. "I'm thankful to have Congressman Poliquin's support for this effort to extend the 'Golden Rule' to those in their golden years!”
“Many of our seniors in Maine live on a modest income, making expensive assisted living and nursing homes not a viable option as they age,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I am very pleased to join Congressman Crist in pushing forward this legislation to help give our seniors the choice to stay in their own homes in their retirement years.”
"The Senior Accessible Housing Act will provided needed taxes credits for seniors to modify their homes and age in place. This would greatly improve retirees' ability to live independently and safely in the homes they've worked a lifetime for," said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.
The Senior Accessible Housing Act provides a tax credit to seniors for modifications needed to make residences more accessible, such as installing exit ramps, handrails, and non-slip flooring. Incentivizing older Americans to make these home improvements, that many on fixed incomes may otherwise find cost-prohibitive, will help seniors remain more mobile and safe in their own residences, reducing greater long-term costs associated with medical care due to falls or the need for assisted living programs.
Congressman Poliquin was the lead Republican cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation in the 114th Congress as well.