Thousands more letters need to be mailed to Governor Cuomo by Wed. Feb. 15 to save senior centers!

Action Alert: February 12, 2017

SENIOR CENTERS KEEP UP THE HEAT!

GOOD NEWS – OVER 10,500 LETTERS FROM SENIOR CENTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO GOVERNOR CUOMO OPPOSING THE TITLE XX CUT!

Governor Cuomo has until February 16th to change the budget language that made the cut. Thousands more letters need to be mailed by Wed. February 15.

What is happening and what you can do:

  • LiveOn NY's recent state budget alert reported that the budget would require a set amount of federal Title XX funds to be used to support Child Care subsidy costs, instead of leaving the discretion to the counties on how to use the funding. Federal Title XX funds have been used to support senior centers in NYC for decades. NYC will lose $17 million in Title XX funds, forcing 65 senior centers to close in virtually every Assembly and Senate district.  This represents almost 30% of our Neighborhood Senior Centers6,000 seniors per day would lose their local senior center and lose access to vital nutrition, socialization and health promotion activities.  1.5 million meals per year will be lost.  There will be 24,000 of lost hours of case work assistance for benefits, housing and other needs.
  • Ask seniors to take part in our letter writing campaign to urge the Governor allow Title XX funds to be used for senior centers so they don't close.  Letters should be put in the mail in bulk as soon as possible.  Click here for instructions and the model letter in English, Chinese and Spanish - seniors can fill out the section in their language.  Also Let your Assembly Members and Senators know about the letter writing campaign. They need to make sure no senior centers close.

Thank you and Stay Tuned!

Contact Bobbie Sackman, Associate Executive Director of Public Policy at 212-398-6565x226 or bsackman@liveon-ny.org or Andrea Cianfrani, Deputy Director of Public Policy at 212-398-6565x233 or acianfrani@liveon-ny.org