Senior Citizen Issues: New Commission & Policy

Jesse Johnson and Federal Way Senior Center Executive Director Shelly, Puariea
Jesse Johnson and Federal Way Senior Center Executive Director Shelly, Puariea

I recently led the effort to form our first ever Senior Advisory Commission at the city.  The Senior Commission will advise the Mayor, City Council, local service providers and staff on policies,community engagement and implementation of programs that impact senior citizens.   We are currently accepting applications until 7/26 for this commission with interviews to be scheduled on 8/13.  The first meeting of the Senior Advisory Commission will take place in September and will report directly to the Parks, Human Services and Public Safety Committee, in which I am the Chair.

In order to bring this commission to fruition, I helped form a committee to create the ordinance and form roles/responsibilities of the commission, met with seniors at the Federal Way Senior Center and Community Center multiple times, and developed a ‘Coffee with the Council’ meeting between the Council and the public to get ideas and formulate strategies.  One of the first major projects of the Senior Commission will include advising our state legislators on policies for the city’s 2020 legislative agenda and how to implement policy such as HB 1406 which would create a revenue sharing partnership between the state and cities for construction of affordable housing for people such as seniors and rental assistance programs.

For more information on HB1406, please see the following link  https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1406&Chamber=House&Year=2019


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