What are some low-income senior advocacy organizations?


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Three organizations that advocate for low-income seniors are Justice in Aging, the Center for Medicare Advocacy and the Retirement Housing Foundation. Justice in Aging works to mitigate senior poverty by providing professional legal advice to seniors, implementing administrative advocacy and conducting litigation. The Center for Medicare Advocacy assists seniors dependent upon Medicare to receive the health care they require and to file appeals when needed, and the Retirement Housing Foundation works to ensure that low-income seniors can obtain affordable housing.

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Justice in Aging assists seniors by interacting directly with government agencies to help guarantee that benefits and programs are accessible to those who need them. The organization also files lawsuits on behalf of seniors and conducts class action suits as a means of bringing about needed changes in senior program administration. Justice in Aging trains legal aid lawyers and other senior assistance groups on successful advocacy techniques. The organization's two primary areas of focus are low-income senior economic security and healthcare, as noted on the Justice in Aging website.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy represents seniors in Medicare coverage denial appeals, provides related legal training for senior advocates and makes available both digital and printed Medicare educational materials. The organization responds to more than 7,000 inquiries annually, as claimed on its website.

The Retirement Housing Foundation assists seniors who are living on fixed incomes, usually only Social Security and a small pension, to live in safe, secure and affordable housing units. The organization is directly involved in building housing units for seniors and claims to have received grants totaling more than $40 million to construct new affordable units in San Antonio, Houston and Los Angeles.

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