Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Senator Brown Responds to Call for Senior Support

Senior Services Program Needs Protected
This was a reply from Senator Brown from the letter we sent earlier this summer regarding the cuts to the Older Americans program.
"Thank you for getting in touch with me about the Community Service Employment Act for Older Americans (CSEOA) program.
 Today, our seniors face a tough economic climate.  With rising health care costs, utility bills, and food prices, seniors on a fixed income are forced to make painful cuts that can harm their health and reduce their quality of life.  
The CSEOA program promotes economic self-sufficiency by connecting older unemployed Americans with job opportunities.  Without these additional earnings, many seniors would face even more difficult choices about their health care and personal care needs.  During this period of economic hardship, it is critical that seniors receive the support they need and deserve.
You can be sure that I will continue to support the CSEOA program as the appropriations process moves forward.  Thank you for your advocacy.
Sherrod Brown
United States Senator"
We called for an advocate for this program to protect it from cuts as Senator Kennedy had done for the last 35 years.  This program from the 1960s helps millions every year and can help older folks retrain for new careers.  These programs have been invaluable to the Coalition and to seniors who have worked at NEOCH.
Brian Davis
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