Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a total of $1.7 million in awards from the city’s general fund for seniors centers across Seattle earlier this month, as recommended by the city’s Human Services Department.

“As our City grows less affordable, we must continue to invest in our most vulnerable residents, including our senior community. Our older neighbors are an asset to our community and a vital part of the fabric of our neighborhoods,” said Durkan in a press release. “Our senior centers provide opportunities for volunteerism, lifelong learning, transportation, and healthy meals. These investments will help our neighbors live longer and enhance their quality of life.”

Twelve nonprofit centers across Seattle will receive anywhere from $67,000 to $180,000, along with four programs operated by Sound Generations, including the Ballard Senior Center.

“HSD has developed a results-driven investment model that helps ensure that the department’s work is making a real difference in the lives of vulnerable people, addressing community disparities, and investing in what works,” said Interim HSD Director Jason Johnson in a release. “These centers provide high-quality, cost-effective programs. They reach out to older people who may be socially or culturally isolated and they build a real sense of community.”

HSD’s Aging and Disability Services division reviewed the proposals and made the final award decisions based on several factors, including the recommendations from a community-based review committee, its geographic location, and the opportunity to serve those with higher health disparities or lower social and emotional support structures.

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