Tess Carlos: Don’t forget seniors as budget ax falls

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Friday, March 24th, 2017

My name is Tess Carlos, and I’ve been an SCV resident since 1973. I’m an active member of the Filipino American Association of SCV, a volunteer in various organizations, and a long-time volunteer for the SCV Senior Center.

I know by heart the mission of the SCV Senior Center – to promote quality of life of our seniors. The SCV seniors are the love of my life. I have so much admiration and love for them.

The Santa Clarita Valley has a current population of 213,231, of which 5 percent are 65-74 years of age and 4 percent are 75 and older. This is according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Our Senior Center has delivered 121,000 meals annually to our 10,000 seniors. Those who are ambulatory are fed at the Senior Center.

News lately indicates that Meals on Wheels could take a funding hit in President Trump’s budget, and preliminary reports are that this program could see its funding slashed.

I want to know what City Hall’s take is on this issue or what the city will offer to our seniors who are in need of this service. Statistics shows that one in six seniors in the country struggles with hunger.

Please, let’s not forget our seniors. They have done their fair share contributing to this great country when they were young. It’s our turn now to show appreciation and do them justice by not forgetting them.

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Tess Carlos: Don’t forget seniors as budget ax falls

The SCV Senior Center Dan Watson/The Signal

My name is Tess Carlos, and I’ve been an SCV resident since 1973. I’m an active member of the Filipino American Association of SCV, a volunteer in various organizations, and a long-time volunteer for the SCV Senior Center.

I know by heart the mission of the SCV Senior Center – to promote quality of life of our seniors. The SCV seniors are the love of my life. I have so much admiration and love for them.

The Santa Clarita Valley has a current population of 213,231, of which 5 percent are 65-74 years of age and 4 percent are 75 and older. This is according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Our Senior Center has delivered 121,000 meals annually to our 10,000 seniors. Those who are ambulatory are fed at the Senior Center.

News lately indicates that Meals on Wheels could take a funding hit in President Trump’s budget, and preliminary reports are that this program could see its funding slashed.

I want to know what City Hall’s take is on this issue or what the city will offer to our seniors who are in need of this service. Statistics shows that one in six seniors in the country struggles with hunger.

Please, let’s not forget our seniors. They have done their fair share contributing to this great country when they were young. It’s our turn now to show appreciation and do them justice by not forgetting them.

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  • Ron Bischof

    Don’t rely on apocalyptic political misrepresentations designed to generate fear and uncertainty, Ms. Carlos.

    “But does Meals on Wheels rely on government grants to do its good work? There are hundreds of Meals on Wheels organizations around the country, so it’s hard to generalize, but overwhelmingly, the groups get the majority of revenue from charitable giving, not government funds. In 2015, for instance, the national Meals on Wheels reported that government grants accounted for just 3 percent of its annual revenues of $7.5 million. Meals on Wheels for San Diego County in California says that government grants made up just 1.5 percent ($68,534) of its revenues of $4.4 million. Not all branches are so independent. Atlanta’s group gets 48 percent of its revenue from government grants (none of the annual reports I looked at broke down exactly what level of government or specific program supplied the money). Many of the annual reports don’t even break down revenues by source (see here) and others aren’t even posted online.”

    http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/16/seniors-wont-starve-if-meals-on-wheels-l

  • lois eisenberg

    ” Meals on Wheels could take a funding hit in President Trump’s budget, and preliminary reports are that this program could see its funding slashed.”
    Let’s slash Trump’s money from Trump’s golf trips to Florida, slash the Trump Tower
    monies for security where he doesn’t even live and not grant the extra 60 million for the security for his families vacations!!