Over 100 residents of Kavod, a senior residence in Denver, protested congressional efforts to cut health care programs under the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid, and the threats to Medicare. Organized by the Tenant Council Political Action Committee, this demonstration on July 19 also opposed attacks on federal assistance for housing.
Kavod Senior Living is a residence for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, which is supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most of its 400 residents receive rental assistance and are on Medicaid and/or Medicare programs. These individuals are able to be independent because of the many services provided to them, such as dinners, housekeeping, safety measures and more. Everyone is assigned a social worker. There are activities, including outings, organized by a trip director, and on-site health services.
The threatened cuts to medical care programs and HUD will drastically affect Kavod residents. Services will be cut and rents raised. This is alarming those who live in this housing, and that is why they came out to protest.