(Washington, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser today recognized 48 District centenarians at the 32nd Annual Salute to DC Centenarians, a luncheon to honor the tremendous contributions made by DC residents who are 100 years old or older.
“Today, we celebrate these extraordinary seniors and we are grateful for all you have done to help get us to this point and all you continue to do to keep us moving forward.” said Mayor Bowser. “My Administration remains committed to ensuring that Washington, DC continues to be an age-friendly city where residents of every age – whether they’re 100 days old or 100 years old – can live and thrive.”
Through Age-Friendly DC, a citywide initiative guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bowser Administration has worked to transform Washington, DC into an easier place to grow older. Last Fall, the District was recognized by the WHO and AARP as a top city for Age-Friendly policies.
Announced last month, “A Fair Shot FY2019 Proposed Budget and Financial Plan,” includes investments in housing, wellness, recreation, transportation, and more, that support community living and allow more and older adults to continue living and thriving in the homes and communities they know and love. Investments include:
- $4.5M investment in the Safe at Home program;
- $1.5M in capital funds to expand the Model Cities and Congress Heights Senior Wellness Centers and continued $4M investment for improvements at senior centers across DC;
- $11.4M committed in capital funds to building a new, citywide senior site focused on holistic health and nutrition in Ward 8;
- $2M investment in the Transport DC Program, providing efficient curb-to-curb service through taxicabs for residents who are MetroAccess customers;
- $250,000 in historic homeowner grants to help low-and moderate-income households living in specific historic districts pay for repairs that restore or rehabilitate their homes;
- $28M for 50 new permanent supportive housing units for senior women; and
- Cutting in half how much seniors’ property taxes can go up so that if they qualify for our reduced property tax rate, their property taxes won't go up by more than 5% a year.
These investments will build on previous successes like the Safe at Home Program. Launched in 2016, Safe at Home has already installed safety adaptions in the homes of nearly 1,200 DC seniors and residents with disabilities, reducing the risk of falls and other injuries and allowing residents to age safely in their homes.
For more information on recognizing centenarians in Washington, DC, contact Darlene Nowlin, Community Relations Specialist, DC Office of Aging, at (202) 727-8634 or [email protected].