February 8, 2017
GOOD NEWS – OVER 5,000 LETTERS FROM SENIOR CENTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO GOVERNOR CUOMO
WE NEED THOUSANDS MORE! GO, GO, GO!
What is happening:
LiveOn NY's recent state budget alert reported that the 2017-18 state budget proposal has over $13 million in cuts and cost shifts that would affect aging services in New York.
Of note, 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 Centers. 6,000 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.
Click here for news coverage on the Title XX issue.
What you can do:
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.