Goldfeder: Protect Senior Center Funds
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sent a letter this week to Governor Cuomo, urging him to fully fund Title XX discretionary programs in the 2012-13 budget. These programs provide important aid to New York City seniors and fund local senior centers. With a difficult budget process looming, cuts to the Title XX discretionary funding could be possible, Goldfeder said.
“The seniors in southern Queens depend on the vital funding from Title XX to keep their centers open,” Goldfeder stated in his letter. “Without those crucial funds, such essential centers like CCNS Seaside, Howard Beach Senior Center and Young Israel Wavecrest Bayswater Senior League could potentially be placed on the chopping block once again, leaving countless seniors with no place to go.”
New York State receives approximately
$103 million in Title XX funds from the federal government. Under the program, certain services must be covered – primarily adult protective services and domestic violence programs. The discretionary funding is separate from the mandated programs and is what is used to fund many of New York City’s senior centers. Last year, the governor proposed to completely eliminate the discretionary funding. Had the Legislature not restored over $20 million in Title XX funds, 105 New York City senior centers would have been forced to close.
“Preserving the funding for our senior centers is vital to the wellness of so many lives in southern Queens,” said Goldfeder. “I will continue to advocate for full and expanded funding to ensure that our growing senior population is cared for and protected.”