SBSS President & CEO Rigo Saborio Appointed to Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee

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California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly today announced the establishment of a Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. In January, as part of his first State of the State Address, Governor Gavin Newsom called for a creation of a Master Plan for Aging. Also, the Governor issued an Executive Order tasking CHHS to convene a Cabinet Workgroup for Aging and a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to develop and issue a Master Plan by October 1, 2020.

“This is our time to come together to build an age-friendly California”, said Dr. Ghaly. “Government cannot do this alone — I challenge all Californians to join us in building a California Dream that is inclusive of our older and disabled neighbors.”

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will work across sectors to develop a roadmap that envisions a future where all Californians, regardless of race, economic status or level of support, can grow old safely, with dignity and independence. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will advise the Cabinet Workgroup on Aging in the development of the Master Plan.

This diverse group of stakeholders with varying expertise and experiences will help to develop components of the Master Plan, including best practices and data metrics, to guide the work of state government, local communities, private organizations and philanthropy to build environments that promote an age friendly California.

Seniors Facing Housing Challenges - A Discussion with SBSS' Brandi Orton

There are currently about 1.6 million seniors in Los Angeles County and by the year 2060, 1 in 4 Angelenos will be a senior citizen.

Many renters who have historically lived in affordable neighborhoods are being pushed out due to these areas becoming popular and they face living on the streets. This creates a situation in which older adults are often the most at-risk for becoming homeless.

Brandi Orton, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy at Saint Barnabas Senior Services, talked with Alex Cohen of Spectrum News about why it is so hard to keep a roof over your head as a senior.