One of the things I love and value most about College Park is that it is truly multi-generational. From our youngest residents to our most senior, our neighborhoods are diverse, vibrant, and active places. A key to maintaining this vibrancy is enhancing services and supports to residents as they age, so that they may, if they wish, comfortably stay in their homes and make such key contributions to our neighborhoods. Should a senior decide that they no longer wish to live at their home, the City of College Park must have an ample supply of high-quality senior housing available. And it goes without saying that supports and services (such as recreational opportunities, transportation, and adaptations to homes) must be available.
Supporting Attick Tower, Spellman House, and Senior Services Department. As a member of City Council, I will support increased resources to the City's senior services, which are organized primarily around Attick Tower and Spellman House. I will support increased staff for case management, improved transportation for those seniors with limited mobility, and social and community activities.
Leverage federal and state funds. Greater services and supports to help older residents stay in their homes doesn't have to cost the City a lot more money. The City should take greater advantage of state and federal funds, available through federal programs such as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to enhance the services need in order to stay in their homes as they age.
Create and expand assistance programs. With the may allow the City to provide new and expanded programs such, to provide low-interest or no-interest loans for adaptations to homes to make them more accessible; help residents on fixed incomes afford mortgage or rental payments;