"Our Seniors are one of the District's most precious and valuable resources. They are active and engaged members of our communities. When we support them, we support all those who will follow in their footsteps." -- Kent Boese.
The District's seniors are among the most engaged and informed residents in our neighborhoods. Their willingness to share their life's experiences makes them pillars of our community. Supporting the needs of the District's seniors ensures that they will remain in our community and that our neighborhoods will be safer and stronger.
To provide more support for our seniors and help them age in place, Kent wants to strengthen the Senior Citizen Homestead deduction by:
- Increasing the qualifying total federal adjusted gross income of the senior homestead deduction of everyone living in the property from $130,550 to $200,000.
- For seniors who apply for the homestead deduction later than the qualifying age 65 to receive a tax refund for each year they have over paid.
- Freezing property taxes for seniors on fixed incomes from future tax increases.
Kent's assistance to seniors ranges from basic constituent services to advocating for expanding housing options so they can age in place whether it be in their home or in their neighborhood. Examples of Kent's service include:
- Strongly supporting the creation of 90 new senior apartments at the old Hebrew Home on 1125 Spring Rd.
- Successfully advocated to create 78 new senior housing units in the redevelopment of Park Morton
- Working with DDOT to get handicapped parking spaces when needed and removing them when no longer needed.
- Supporting efforts to improve traffic and pedestrian safety and keeping our sidewalks in good repair.
- Supporting the Bernice Fonteneau Ward One Senior Wellness Center with donations and grants in response to their programs and needs.
Senior housing is one of the most important issues that faces our seniors in Ward 1. We need to ensure there is more senior housing that is livable housing for our senior residents. #onewardone @AARPDC @AARP pic.twitter.com/S5QX11geKo
— Kent Boese (@KentBoeseDC) April 19, 2018
"We also need to consider walkability and include amenities such as benches for seniors when we build or renovate public spaces. A good example of the later occurred when I worked with the community to renovate the Park View Recreation Center. One of the features we included was a walking path around the basketball court and soccer field, which creates a safe place to walk in the morning, especially for seniors."
Boese, Kent. (2018, June 12). Candidate Questionnaire. All Walks DC.
"I would actively seek to change the senior homestead deduction, however, as the current law only allows for seniors to receive benefits from the day they apply, and many seniors are not aware of the benefit until a few years following their eligibility. I believe the benefit should be retroactive to the first year of eligibly."
Boese, Kent. (2018, April 13). Candidate Questionnaire. Caribbean American Political Action Committee (C-PAC).
"Our goal should never be a ribboncutting, but rather maintaining public resources that are in good repair, well-loved and used every day. Sidewalks are of particular interest to me as they are more than a nuisance when they are in disrepair, they are also a hazard to seniors that can lead to serious injuries or force those using wheelchairs or electric scooters into the streets when not constructed to ADA standards."
Boese, Kent. (2018, April 13). Candidate Questionnaire. Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund.
“Even if we don’t want to acknowledge it, there is still a digital divide,” Kent said. “There are some people, particularly the aging community, that don’t have access to the internet.”
Abdelaziz, Zina. (2016, December 21). Walking the walk in Park View: Talking with ANC Commissioner Kent Boese. Petworth News [Blog].