A Focus on Seniors
The holidays can be a rough time for many folks, particularly seniors. Two city propositions have passed which will help seniors and people with disabilities. There is also support for seniors aging-in-place in San Francisco; I have listed some of the best places to get information below.
SF Voters Passed City Propositions M and N
Prop. M taxes vacant apartments. It passed receiving 54% of the votes. The SF Controller’s office estimates that 4,000 units are likely to qualify for the vacancy tax. It was backed by several groups, including Faith in Action Bay Area (FIABA). I spoke to Rev. Victor Floyd, a member of FIABA and the Minister of Spiritual Care at Calvary Presbyterian Church. He told me that the newly created fund will help seniors with low incomes pay for their rent, and fund affordable housing. It will also help seniors at the end of life pay their rent to stay at home and afford supportive care at home. Led by neighbors who experience injustice and marginalization firsthand, Faith in Action will participate in the implementation of Prop. M and call on San Franciscans to insist on the right for seniors to age-in-place.
Prop. N – which will make the garage under the California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum more affordable – passed with 74.6% of the votes. Mayor London Breed said the proposition’s passage would allow the City to spend public dollars on the garage, which creates flexibility over the management and parking rates. That change would make it possible for the City to offer discounts to low-income and disabled visitors who drive to the park. By passing responsibility of the garage to the Recreation and Park Department, the City can more easily reduce the parking rates and make improvements to the garage, such as creating subsidized parking or adding secure bike lockers.
Support for Seniors Living in the City
Floyd put together an excellent resource guide to senior adult resources on the Calvary Presbyterian Church website: calpres.org.
The mission of the Community Living Campaign (CLC) is “Cultivating connections to help seniors and people with disabilities age and thrive at home.” A variety of services provided by CLC include virtual classes at home, advocacy and an in-depth resource guide. CLC also publishes a newsletter Senior Beat. For more information, visit sfcommunityliving.org.
San Francisco Village connects older San Franciscans to the community, resources and the expertise they need to live independently in the places they call home. It conducts programs all over the city. Membership is available for adults who are 60+ (sliding scale) and are San Francisco residents. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spoke Easy: This bike shop in the Richmond prides itself on the service they give to their customers. And well they should. My friend’s 14-year-old son lost the second key to his kryptonite lock, and they ordered two for me. Then they advised that it was possible to put thin tires on the 15 year old’s Raleigh bike with fat tires. I left totally satisfied.
Movie: “Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues”- an exciting documentary on the great Satchmo, how he became the famous trumpeter, and his support for the civil rights movement. Now streaming on Apple TV+. 106 min.
Nancy DeStefanis is a member of the Richmond District Democratic Club, has been politically active in the Richmond and Sunset districts for 28 years and in San Francisco for more than 40 years.