Emergency Funds Help Seniors Secure Housing

December 29, 2016 - Serving Seniors


Many of Serving Seniors’ clients live on fixed incomes well below $900 per month and are unable to afford many household items we tend to take for granted. Serving Seniors is a support system to San Diego seniors and thanks to SCAN Health Plan’s investment over the past year we are able to help many clients with emergency funding to help them turn their affordable housing units into a home.

Josef G.: Josef has been a client of the Wellness Center for some time. He had been couch surfing with friends since June 2016 after having exhausted his housing options. Josef had been actively seeking affordable housing but the waitlists were years long. Josef came to HPP and secured housing at Luther Tower 2 months into the program. Our organization used SCAN funds to assist client in purchasing a mattress for his new apartment for which he actively worked.

Sylvia W.: Sylvia and her husband were both participants of the HPP program simultaneously. They actively participated in all aspects of case management and met every challenge they faced head on, as their priority was to secure permanent housing and finally settle down after spending months living out of their car. A few months into the program, Sylvia was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Due to the chemo and radiation treatments, Sylvia had to undergo, she was unable to eat at times. Her doctor recommended a juicer, which would assist her in getting proper nutrition. Serving Seniors was able to purchase a new juicer for Sylvia utilizing SCAN funds for which both Sylvia and her husband were very grateful.

Francis A.: Francis had been chronically homeless for close to two decades. He had difficulty finding resources and lacked the support, as he had no family or friends to count on. Francis turned to Serving Seniors and was an active participant of the HPP program. Through the program, Francis was referred to the New Palace and consequently was able to secure a unit. Serving Seniors used SCAN funds to assist Francis in paying the security deposit for his upcoming unit aiding him in ending almost 20 years of homelessness.

Maria V: Maria is a Spanish speaking client who has been attending the GMWSWC for a few years now. Maria recently was offered a unit at a HUD building, Westminster. Since Maria was previously a resident at one of our buildings, Potiker Family Senior Residence, she did not have any furniture of her own as the studio she was in was fully furnished. The case manager was able to assist the client by utilizing SCAN funds in order to purchase a full bedroom set for the client as she spent the first nights at her new apartment sleeping on the floor. Thanks to the generosity of SCAN funds, Maria is now able to sleep comfortably in her new bed.

Thank you to our wonderful supporter, SCAN Health Plan, for helping to keep seniors healthy and off San Diego’s streets!

Serving Seniors thanks our supporters this Holiday Season

December 20, 2016 - Serving Seniors

The Wellness Center has been filled with the holiday spirit with holiday parties, tree trimming, dancing and gift giving over the past few weeks.  It is heartwarming to see the influx of support this time of year and the way our community comes together to take care of our family of seniors.  The folks we serve are so incredibly thankful for gifts like toiletries and food, which are greatly needed, and they are equally as thankful for the time spent with all of our fabulous volunteers and donors.  Joy is spreading around here and with that comes an immense amount of gratitude from all of us at Serving Seniors. Thank you for all you do during the holidays and throughout the year.

Take Action Now

December 15, 2016 - Serving Seniors





Here at Serving Seniors we support the National Council on Aging and with political changes on the horizon we will continue to advocate for seniors in our community and nationwide.

The new Congress arrives in Washington on Jan. 3, and Republican leaders have indicated they hope to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as quickly as possible.

We need YOUR voice to urge lawmakers to protect key elements of the ACA for American seniors and their families.

First, we’re advocating that Congress not repeal the ACA without also including a detailed replacement plan in the same legislation. According to a recent non-partisan Urban Institute study, repeal efforts could take affordable health coverage away from almost 30 million Americans. Before repealing current coverage, families deserve to know what kind of insurance protection they can count on in any replacement package.

If Congress does vote to repeal, we’re fighting to protect key provisions for older Americans and their families. While it currently appears that the ACA’s Medicare wellness visit, preventive screenings, and prescription drug “donut hole” coverage provisions likely will not be included in the repeal, we believe there are several other provisions important to older Americans that likely will be included:

  • The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), which includes critical investments for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and Falls Prevention for seniors
  • The Community First Choice (CFC) Option, which provides Medicaid home and community-based services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities
  • Medicaid eligibility expansion that includes coverage for low-income people aged 55-64
  • Insurance premium limits that help make health insurance coverage affordable for people aged 55-64

Please email Congress NOW to protect these key provisions >>


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