Solano County

County plans senior poverty summit

By From page A3 | June 15, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Solano County wants to hear from seniors about their economic needs.

The opportunity will come Tuesday with the Senior Poverty Summit. It will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive in Suisun City.

This is the first of two planned summits. Tuesday’s event will try to identify the extent and prevalence of poverty among seniors. It will give seniors the chance to talk about the challenges they face, an event press release said.

People who might want to attend the summit are seniors, government representatives, local businesses and anyone with an interest in the senior poverty issue, the press release said. Rochelle Sherlock of the Senior Coalition will be the moderator for the three panel discussions.

A continental breakfast will be served and lunch is being provided by Emeritus Senior Living. To RSVP, contact Evelyn Glenn at [email protected] or 784-8269.

A second summit, with a date yet-to-be-announced, will focus on exploring solutions to the problems raised at Tuesday’s summit.

Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering said senior summits provide a foundation on how to focus community resources and get the most bang for the buck.

“That’s the beauty of the summits,” he said at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “You actually hear from seniors, the people themselves who are struggling, ‘Do I buy food?’,  ‘Do I make a house payment?’ ”

He doesn’t believe the county already knows all it needs to know on the topic, Spering said. He pointed to the two senior and disabled transportation summits in 2009. They resulted in such things as the creation of a taxi scrip program, he said.

Supervisors at their March 25 meeting heard a report from the Senior Coalition focusing on fall prevention, senior poverty and elder abuse. Supervisors said they wanted the county to further address senior issues.

Solano County, the Senior Coalition of Solano County and the Solano Safety Net Steering Committee are hosting Tuesday’s summit, with Suisun City as a co-sponsor.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • MaryJune 15, 2014 - 11:59 pm

    here's my input...I live in Vacaville and cannot afford the gas or bus to go to the summit about Senior Poverty in Solano County........how's that for a kicker?? Actually I'm leaving the county on Tuesday to move to another county further north as the rent is half for seniors and senior apartments are being built unlike here where the is only one low income senior apartments in town that are based on income.

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