Resolution 2006-04 - DAAS Allocate Funds Equitably Between Adults with Disabilities and Seniors
Mayor's Disability Council Resolution Urging that the
Department of Aging and Adult Services Allocate Funds Equitably Between Adults with Disabilities and Seniors
WHEREAS, on October 20, 2006, a joint meeting of the Commission on Aging and the Mayor's Disability Council held a Public Hearing to assist the Department of Aging and Adult Services to prioritize funding for services to adults with disabilities ages 18-59; and
WHEREAS at this meeting more than 40 consumers and disability advocates testified about disability services in need of funding through the Department of Aging and Adult Services regarding affordable, accessible housing in San Francisco for adults with disabilities; improved advocacy and referral services to connect adults with disabilities with needed services; and enabling existing programs to serve adults with disabilities who are not adequately served through existing service systems; and
WHEREAS at this meeting consumers and advocates also raised concerns that the Department of Aging and Adult Services lacks an official mandate to serve adults with disabilities; lacks dedicated funding for services for adults with disabilities, and uses General Fund money to fund primarily programs serving seniors; and
WHEREAS 72% of San Franciscans voting in the November 7, 2006 election passed Measure K, that it shall be City policy to acknowledge the particular housing needs of seniors and adults with disabilities who have limited financial resources, and to explore ways of addressing these needs so that they do not have to pay more than 30% of their monthly incomes and benefits toward rent; and
WHEREAS there was testimony at the October 20th hearing that even though DAAS contractors have a mandate to equally serve adults with disabilities and seniors, in fact the vast majority of persons served by many of these programs are seniors and not younger adults with disabilities;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the San Francisco Mayor's Disability Council urges the Department of Aging and Adult Services to prioritize funding projects identified in the Public Hearing held on October 20, 2006 to address the needs of adults ages 18-59 with disabilities; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor's Disability Council urges the Department of Aging and Adult Services to allocate funds equitably between disability and senior services (to the extent feasible by funding restrictions); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor's Disability Council urges the Department of Aging and Adult Services to implement measures to ensure that its contractors do in fact serve adults with disabilities as well as seniors.
November 17, 2006 Mayor's Disability Council – ADOPTED
Ayes: 6 - Jul Lynn Parsons, Jack Fagan, Norma Block, Denise Senhaux, Richard Ow and Tatiana Kostanian.
Absent: Elizabeth Grigsby and Amy Wishnie