I found the study by the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition quite interesting. I am having a hard time understanding why this article did not address a much bigger part of the senior housing problem. A huge number of aging individuals sign over their assets (for less than market value) to their children, go through the waiting period and then occupy subsidized housing designed for the poor.

The asset transfer “look-back” period was increased to five years to discourage just this type of behavior. Obviously, this was not enough. I guess I don’t understand why these actions are not considered welfare fraud.

I believe many of these same individuals would fight tooth and nail to deny needy individuals food stamps.

James Carey


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