Councilmember Todd has made the issues and concerns of seniors a top priority. He is focused on improving their ability to age in place by creating and expanding practical programs and policies, from legal support, to help with dental care and hearing aids, to fighting elder fraud and abuse. Some of Councilmember Todd’s accomplishments relating to seniors include:
- Secured funding for:
- Senior dental services grants
- Expanded Safe at Home Program eligibility
- Transport DC
- Isolated Senior Outreach
- A senior activity coordinator at the Chevy Chase Community Center
- UDC Elder Legal Clinic
- Organized six Senior Mobile Technology Workshops with Verizon to train over 400 Ward 4 seniors on the basics of smartphone and tablet use and how to avoid internet fraud.
- Completed a $1.2 million refurbishment of the Fort Stevens Senior Center.
- Hosted Age In Place seminars with DC Government agencies and nonprofits.
- Advanced the creation and preservation of over 350 Ward 4 affordable housing units reserved for seniors.
- Hosts an annual “State of the Ward 4 Senior Address,” which provides resources and updates to support Ward 4 seniors.
- Created the Todd Toolkit, a comprehensive collection of information and resources to assist seniors.
- Serve as Age Friendly DC Business Ambassador, identifying age-friendly businesses throughout the District
Senior Legislative Accomplishments
- Senior Dental Services Program Act: Establishes a grant program that provides basic dental care for Ward 4 seniors with a household income below $100,000.
- Hearing Aid Assistance Program Act: Establishes a Hearing Aid Assistance Program that reimburses qualifying residents to offset the purchase of a hearing aid.
- Senior Strategic Plan Amendment Act: Requires the Office on Aging to develop a ten-year Senior Strategic Plan that will serve as a long-term blueprint for meeting the housing, transportation, employment, and health needs of seniors in the District.
- UDC Elder Law Project Establishment Act: Created an elder legal clinic at the University of the District of Columbia to provide complimentary legal aid to seniors on everything from evictions, to disability discrimination, to fraud and elder abuse.
- Community Residential Facilities Third Party Notice of Utility Disconnection Requirement Act: Requires that any company providing utility services in the District of Columbia to provide 30-days’ notice to managing agencies of community residential facilities prior to disconnecting services.