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City Program Offering Subsidies for Elderly Poor Renters in Santa Monica to Survey 'Wellbeing'
By Niki Cervantes
November 1, 2017 -- A delayed pilot project that provides “last resort” City subsidies to help elderly Santa Monica seniors pay their rent is querying the applicants about their “wellbeing.”
The City has allocated $200,000 for the subsidies, which is enough to help 26 households in such dire straits they live on cat food or eat only every other day.
Another $100,000 is earmarked for administrative costs.
The long-time tenants of rent-controlled units were extensively vetted to ensure they financially qualified for the City subsidies and are being case managed.
But the City’s “Wellbeing Project” is stepping in as well, according to a memo presented to the City Housing Commission at its October 19 meeting.
The memo said the commission had asked members of the “Wellbeing Project” to be involved.
“Wellbeing” is giving the survey -- although shortened in this case from 41 questions to seven -- used to ascertain the state-of-mind of the City’s overall populace.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about yourself:
In addition, the survey attempts to determine their level of social interactions, exercise habits and spiritual life; the ways they use to get around and their thoughts about their neighborhood, including how long they plan to remain there.
The questions also address "how worried are you right now" about the following:
a. not being able to make the minimum payments on your credit cards?
The scale is from "very worried to not worried at all."
The proposed survey would conclude with the "one thing that can be done to improve the wellbeing of your community."
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