Where We Stand:

Senior Poverty: Action Needed to Address a Growing Problem

Can you imagine living on less than $24 a day? Mary, a 74-year-old widow who lives alone in a small apartment on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio can. With just $721 a month ($8,652 a year), she needs to figure out how to pay her rent, prescription drug co-payments, grocery bills, utilities, car insurance and gas. There is rarely enough to pay for it all and no room for any extras or to cover emergencies. Read our statement to the Senate Special Committee on Aging on March 5, 2014 to find out what NSCLC recommends Congress should do.

Read Our 2013 Annual Report

Did you know that NSCLC:

  • Made sure that one million people with both Medicare and Medicaid had the help they need as states change how their health care is delivered and paid for?
  • Was the driving force in drafting Congressional legislation that would update the Supplemental Security Income program for two million poor seniors?
  • Ensured that 370,000 California seniors and persons with disabilities could stay at home and out of institutions?
  • Trained over 10,000 advocates and offered 700 case consultations?

Read more about our impact, stories from the field and see who supports us.

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The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, we seek to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and to preserve their access to the courts. Read more About Us.

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