Bill on affordable housing and assisted living options for elderly now law

Senator Amanda Shelton (file photo)

On Friday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed into law a bill authored by Senator Amanda L. Shelton, the legislative chair on senior citizens, that would provide an important step toward affordable housing and assisted living options for our island’s elderly population.

Bill No. 416-35 (COR), known as the Senior Citizens Housing Task Force Act of 2020, is now Public Law 35-140. The law establishes a Senior Citizens Housing Task Force, charged with assessing senior housing availability and needs. The 9-member task force, composed of government officials, community stakeholders, and housing experts, will be responsible for developing long-term solutions for Guam’s aging population.

“As family dynamics and work responsibilities evolve, the privilege of caring for our elders is not always an option. We must provide housing and care options that allow for our manåmko’ to live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives,” said Senator Shelton. “I thank Governor Leon Guerrero for recognizing the need to plan to meet the changing needs of our aging population.”

Public Law 35-140 seeks to address the rising cost of housing for the growing population of seniors on fixed income in Guam. The task force will serve for eighteen (18) months and meet regularly in accordance with the Open Government Law. The group will submit their findings and recommendations to the Guam Legislature and the Governor and upon completion of their responsibilities.