Senior Issues

Senior Issues

Tue Apr 10, 2012

Thanks to the organizing work of religious leaders in Howard County, the Maryland General Assembly's budget for 2013 includes $13 Million additional dollars to expand the Medicaid Waiver for Older Adults by 300 slots, as well as improve the program, expand services, and increase home care workers' pay.  This is a start to shifting Maryland's budget from institutionalized to home and community based care.  PATH worked closely with AARP, AFSCME and Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Josh Sharfstein, to win on this issue. Dozens and dozens of PATH leaders came to and testified at hearings and small group meetings with key legislators.

Fri Mar 23, 2012

Action in Montgomery successfully organized for the development of 140 new senior housing units in downtown Silver Spring, a diverse and vibrant suburb immediately adjacent to the District of Columbia.   This new project was announced on March 20, 2012 by County Executive Isaiah Leggett in front of nearly 300 leaders of AIM congregations.  Sixty percent of these new homes will be affordable for low-income seniors, and transporation to nearby amenities will be included in this project. AIM volunteers came up with the idea for the housing after dozens of small group meetings with congregation members to form an agenda for their senior campaign. AIM is also pushing that developers of housing projects on county-owned land be required to set aside a portion of affordable units for senior residents.

In the News


Privatization, Pensions, Public Transportation, Maryland IAF

AIM Wins Pledge from MD Senator to Fight Privatization, Defend Pensions

Friday, September 1, 2017
Metro IAF

AIM leaders won a pledge from Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno to work with Metro IAF to fight privatization, preserve pensions and expand public transportation in the region and especially in the state of Maryland. 


Meals On Wheels, Food Security, state legislature, Nevada IAF

Meals On Wheels Waiting Lists Could Be a Thing of the Past

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The Nevada Independent

A year-long campaign aimed at feeding more homebound Nevada seniors — and ensuring that the 1,126 people on the waiting list start getting service — appears to be bearing fruit.

After Gov. Brian Sandoval called for putting $1.5 million in additional state funds towards Meals on Wheels programs over the next two years, lawmakers took preliminary steps last week to more than double that investment in a bid to eliminate the current waiting list. A joint Assembly and Senate subcommittee’s vote to put $3.4 million toward home-delivered meals is a first step that could be cemented when full money committees finalize their budgets in coming weeks.

“We’re very, very excited and happy about the subcommittee’s recommendation,” said....


Seniors, Meals On Wheels, Food Security

NCG Fights to Expand Meals On Wheels in Nevada

Friday, March 10, 2017
Las Vegas Now

Over 75 citizen leaders of ‘Nevadans for the Common Good‘ packed the Grant Sawyer State office building to support increased funding for the Meals on Wheels program.

This followed action taken by a traveling delegation of 15 clergy and key leaders who met with state legislators about the importance of sustainably funding the Meals on Wheels program and...


Meals On Wheels, Stadiums, Boulder City, Nevada IAF

NCG Advances on Issue of Funding for Nevada Meals on Wheels

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Boulder City Review

[Boulder City Council] "approved a resolution urging the Nevada Legislature and Gov. Brian Sandoval to increase state funding for Meal on Wheels, a program that brings meals to homebound and disabled elderly. The resolution was brought to the council by Nevadans for the Common Good...

Council urged state lawmakers to increase funding for Meals on Wheels by $5 million every two years, citing a waiting list for elderly seniors to get on the program in Las Vegas and Henderson.

“I think in a state where our legislatures can have a serious discussion about spending hundreds of millions on a football field they can use millions of dollars to feed the elderly,” McCoy said...."


Medicaid Privatization, Nevada IAF, Organizing in Las Vegas

'Nevadans for the Common Good' Staves Off Medicaid Privatization

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Backed by 300 leaders at a ‘Nevadans for the Common Good‘ accountability assembly, Marsha Rodriguez told her story about the fragility of independence as a senior.  72 years old, Rodriguez described waiting 6 months to get into a Nevada Medicaid waiver program, the Home and Community Based Waiver, which helps pay for non-medical services that are essential for some aging seniors to continue living at home...


Medicaid Privatization, Teacher Shortage Crisis, aging, school funding

NCG Continues Push for Transparency in Medicaid Privatization

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Las Vegas Review Journal

At a 300-person assembly of ‘Nevadans for the Common Good,’ state legislators publicly supported NCG goals to address the state’s teacher shortage and to ensure that a plan to privatize some medicaid services in Nevada is transparent and includes meaningful public participation....


Medicaid, Privatization, Nevada IAF, Community Organizing in Las Vegas

NCG Fights Off Push for Privatization of Medicaid Services in Nevada

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Las Vegas Review Journal

Leaders of Nevadans for the Common Good cried 'foul' when a dead bill proposing to privatize the provision of Medicaid services was kept alive through unnatural means.  Though voted down, it remained in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee through an exemption sparing it from normal deadlines.  That same language was then grafted onto a separate bill (SB 514) and approved by the legislature the day before it adjourned.


Aging Latinos in Action, Crosswalk, Salinas, California IAF

Salinas Seniors Organize with COPA to Get Crosswalk

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Monterey Herald

Doña Francisca’s death by car, the 4th accident in front of the Sherwood Village senior living facility, brought clarity to members of Aging Latinos in Action.  Without a stop sign, seniors were left vulnerable to rushing and inattentive drivers...