Hodges releases plan to support city's seniors

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October 14, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges outlined her plan to help Minneapolis' senior citizens at a news conference this afternoon at Mt. Olivet Careview Home in southwest Minneapolis. 

She cited the 2010 Census that has the city's 50-plus population at 90,544. "That number is projected to reach 100,755 by 2015, and will only continue to grow from there," she said. 

If elected, Hodges, who represents the 13th Ward on the City Council, would work toward the goal of ensuring every resident has the "opportunity to live in Minneapolis for a lifetime."

The City Council will vote later this week on the city's Minneapolis for a Lifetime plan, which serves the 50-plus population. 

Key points of her seniors' plan include: increasing mobility programs targeted to seniors; collaborating on a senior housing plan aimed at keeping seniors in their homes as long as possible; providing more affordable renting options; easing the property tax burden; advocating for building designs that are accessible to everyone; connecting seniors with young people on community building projects; and increasing coordination with the Senior Advisory Committee to ensure seniors are involved in the decision making process.