January 14, 202
CONTACT: joyce ellen lippman, 925-9554
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Comment sought on funding priorities
Community input is sought to create Senior Friendly Communities throughout this area and ensure that limited federal monies are meeting the priority needs of senior citizens through the work of the Area Agency on Aging.
The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging, announces that four (4) public hearings will be held throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties in January 2020 to secure comment from the public.
“With the uncertainty of funding from the federal and state budgets, it is imperative that we hear from senior citizens, caregivers and other interested persons about the priority needs as we attempt to have a ‘senior-friendly’ community,” announced Jim Talbott, President of the Board of Directors. “These are very difficult times and we need to be sure we are on the right track.”
“In developing the draft Plan for 2020/21, the Area Agency on Aging decided to project that federal and state funding remained stable” continued Mr. Talbott. “That may be a positive outlook but there are no indications of what changes may be sought by either the state or federal administrations. The Area Agency on Aging services are basic services – designed to ensure safety and security for older persons and caregivers in this two county region.”
“Annually the Area Agency on Aging prepares a Draft Area Plan which presents a proposed allocation of Older Americans Act monies to address the needs of senior citizens in greatest social and economic need in the two county region,” continued Mr. Talbott. “This year it is especially important to look at our funding priorities and ensure they help us to maintain a senior friendly community.
“This year with Governor Newsom convening a Task Force to develop a Master Plan on Aging for California, we want to look at our local priorities within the context of the Framework drafted by this group, continued Mr. Talbott. “Attendees will help to examine the framework and review the draft Area Plan priorities within that framework.
“All interested persons are invited to attend and present comment at the public hearings,” continued Mr. Talbott. ” The intent of the public hearings is to receive community comment regarding the priorities, goals and objectives of the Area Agency on Aging for the first year (2020/21) of the four year Area Plan , which are outlined in the Draft Area Plan.”
“The Area Plan expresses the intent of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to implement the goals and objectives of the Older Americans Act,” announced Barry Marks, Chair, AAA Advisory Council. “We are responsible for over $2.7 million for supportive, health and nutrition services to assist older persons and caregivers to remain safe and secure in their own homes.”
“We want to hear from the community whether our Plans for the expenditure of these federal monies are properly targeted,” continued Mr. Marks. “The basic question is how to allocate the limited federal revenues to maintain a senior friendly community?
Public comment on the DRAFT Planning and Service Area Plan can be provided at either a public hearing or in writing to the Area Agency on Aging office by February 3, 2020. The email address is: seniors@KCBX.net .The public hearing schedule is:
in Paso Robles: Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Senior Center, 270 Scott St., beginning at 11:30 a.m.
in San Luis Obispo City: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the City/ County Public Library, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
in Santa Barbara: Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Carrillo Community Center, 100 E. Carrillo St., beginning at 10 a.m.
in Santa Maria: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Area Agency on Aging office, 528 S. Broadway, beginning at 10 a.m.
“The Draft Area Plan has been prepared by the members of the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council and Board of Directors to ensure the development of a community based system of social and nutrition services in the two county region,” continued Mr. Marks. “The challenges ahead for the Area Agency on Aging include support of a social service system which strengthens the capacities of older persons in greatest social and economic need within the financial constraints imposed by federal and state governments.”
Copies of the Draft Planning and Service Area Plan are available at the local libraries and the Area Agency on Aging office. All interested persons are invited to attend the hearings. Persons needing accommodation must contact the Area Agency on Aging by January 15, 2018.
For more information contact Mrs. lippman, AAA Director at 925-9554.
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