State policymakers in deregulated states should make standard offer service the default for residential customers. It should be stable, predictable, and affordable.
State policymakers should establish a definition of “universal service” for the energy industry that is similar to the one in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Policymakers should create assistance programs to ensure that all households with low incomes can afford adequate water and sewer service. These programs should be fully funded.
Policymakers should explore options for extending the affordability of rental housing units whose subsidies are set to expire. These include:
Congress should modify the LIHTC program to enable greater flexibility in the development of housing projects for older adults.
Policymakers and researchers should study and put in place successful policies to keep housing costs affordable for existing residents, particularly in neighborhoods where housing costs are rising
Federal, state, and local policymakers should enact, monitor for compliance, and fully enforce laws prohibiting housing discrimination on the basis of lawful source of income, including use of a ho
Policymakers should ensure that universal service funds are calculated fairly and distributed equitably.
Policymakers should fully fund telecommunications assistance programs to ensure that all households can afford essential services.
Congress should reauthorize the Elder Justice Act (EJA). It should fully fund the EJA and other programs that address elder abuse.