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Legislative Policy and Advocacy Issues

DCOA supports and advocates legislation and public policy on safety housing, consumer protection, and other issues that enhance the quality of life for seniors and persons with disabilities who live in the District of Columbia. DCOA’s current legislative and policy initiatives include:

Silver Alert Public Safety Initiative

The Silver Alert Program, led by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), will coordinate the response among other District government agencies—including the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMA), and the Office on Aging (DCOA)—to promptly identify and locate seniors 65 years of age and older who are reported as missing in the District of Columbia; and

Real Property Tax Sales Legislation

Working with Legal Counsel for the Elderly and other community stakeholders, DCOA is advocating legislation to modify certain practices in the real property tax sale process that adversely affect seniors and persons with disabilities. The purpose of these advocacy efforts is to enable seniors and persons with disabilities to live in their homes as long as possible and not lose their investment in real property which, in many instances, has accumulated over the course of many decades, due to the inadvertent failure to pay real property taxes in a timely manner.