Washington, DC — 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— 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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