Help for Seniors

Congresswoman Jackson Lee provides turkeys and more to Seniors for the 2009 holiday season.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee stands for:
Respecting Our Elders • Access to Health Care • Economic Security • Family Support

For the second year in a row, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has received a perfect 100% rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans, a nationwide organization of more than 2.5 million union retirees working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies and politics that shape their lives.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee recently joined Houston residents in expressing outrage over the City of Houston’s neglect of housing repairs for its most vulnerable populace—its senior citizens. The city of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department has had a backlog of thousands of requests for home repairs in the city under the Single Family Home Repair Program, a program that Congresswoman Jackson Lee helped to restart in 2004. This program is designed to address the housing repairs of Houston senior citizens and the disabled who are living on very little income.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee authored amendments to the Elder Justice Act and the Elder Victims Assistance Act. Both acts provided for a comprehensive prosecution for elder abuse and extended myriad protections to elders. Her amendments provide that monies should be given to state and local law enforcement to be used to find elders who get lost because of Alzheimer’s and other ailments.