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NHCOA Applauds Confirmation of New U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)- the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers- released the following statement shortly after the U.S. Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services in a 78-17 vote:

“We applaud Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s Senate confirmation today as the new U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. While the challenges and the pressures of this role are great, we are confident she will make positive in-roads through bipartisan consensus. We look forward to working with her and the HHS staff to continue addressing the health issues most impacting our community, particularly Hispanic older adults.”

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NHCOA Congratulates Mayor Julian Castro on HUD Nomination

Washington, DCDr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)— the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers—  congratulated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on his nomination as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Following a successful confirmation by the United States Senate, Mayor Castro will replace Secretary Shaun Donovan, who is concurrently nominated as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):

“As the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers, NHCOA has long identified the growing need for adequate and affordable housing for older adults as one of its core priorities. It is therefore to our delight that President Obama has tapped a fresh and energetic public servant to this high and critical post.

“Adequate housing is fundamental to both health and one’s quality of life. Moreover, housing costs are generally the highest expense in a household budget. Fluctuations in rent or mortgage can put families in economically precarious situations. This is especially true for seniors living on a fixed budget without options to increase their income.

“Latino homeowners were hit hard by the subprime mortgage crisis. As a result, more Latino families now live in substandard and overcrowded rental housing than five years ago. This is a growing crisis in the Hispanic community, and alarmingly so among Latino seniors.

“NHCOA is committed to alleviating the housing crisis for seniors by implementing public policy practices to ensure that all low-income seniors can afford to age in place, including advocating for affordable housing facilities and homeownership opportunities.

“It is towards this overarching goal that we look forward to the swift confirmation of Mayor Castro as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the U.S. Senate. With his leadership and our strategic partnerships and initiatives, we hope to make new inroads towards alleviating the housing crisis, especially as it relates to multigenerational poverty and providing adequate, affordable housing for all diverse older Americans.”

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NHCOA Statement on Tom Perez Confirmation

Yesterday, the United States Senate confirmed Tom Perez as the Secretary of Labor.  The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) – the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and caregivers – praises the Senate’s confirmation of Sec. Perez, as he has shown a strong commitment to civil rights throughout his career.  As Secretary of Labor, Mr. Perez can help improve the economic security of millions of people across the country.

NHCOA looks forward to working with Sec. Perez to address the economic security of Hispanic older adults.  The population of seniors is growing rapidly and many are choosing to stay in the labor force.  The U.S. will have to develop policies that help older adults develop their skills and capitalize on their decades of experience.  NHCOA and the Hispanic Aging Network develop the skills of older adults to help them share the best of themselves.  NHCOA is hopeful that Sec. Perez will lead the Department of Labor to recognize the value of older workers.

“The National Hispanic Council on Aging is thrilled to hear the news of Tom Perez’s confirmation as Secretary of Labor.  As the U.S. population ages, it is more important than ever to make workplaces inclusive of people of all ages.  NHCOA looks forward to working with Secretary Perez on this important issue,” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President & CEO.