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HomesRenewed Coalition Mobilizes to Drive 2021 Legislation to Help Older Americans Age in Place and Stave Off Looming Housing Crisis

11/04/2020

November 4, 2020, Washington, D.C. - HomesRenewed Coalition, the leading organization championing home updates for living well throughout the modern lifespan, is mobilizing the leaders of the home renovation, homecare, technology, and others serving older Americans living in the community to call on the 117th Congress to include needed tax and other incentives in 2021 legislation. These incentives will enable Americans to upgrade their homes for safety and meet changing needs as well as to help the economy with construction jobs.

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Aging in place -- big talk, but do people really believe it?

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