Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is holding a public hearing to obtain comment on its proposed budget and programs for 2010-2011. The hearing will take place on May 26, 2010, beginning at 10:00am, at PCA, 642 North Broad Street, in the second floor auditorium.
The Public Hearing will begin with a review of the proposed 2010-2011 budget. The majority of the Public Hearing, however, is reserved for consumers, community advocates and aging experts to testify on how to best marshal resources to fill growing gaps in the continuum of aging care. This is an opportunity to comment on the budget, highlight an unmet need or aging issue, or suggest an exemplary program idea or service strategy. You may testify in person at the Public Hearing on May 26th, or submit written comments to PCA by that date. Register to testify by calling 765-9000, ext. 5075 by May 24th. Where appropriate, those presenting testimony will be grouped by issue area in order to provide more continuity in the presentation.
The PA Department of Aging (PDA) has not yet provided any allocation information for next year. Consequently, development of PCA’s proposed budget has to be based on an assumption of flat funding, with no increase projected for any programs. This continues an unfortunate trend in recent years of either no increase, or very modest increases in funding and is making it much more difficult to maintain the current level of services at a time when the needs of Philadelphia’s seniors are growing.