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Mayor Bowser Highlights Major Investment for DC Seniors


DC Mayor Muriel Bowser highlighted her administration’s investments for DC seniors and called on seniors to register for programming at senior wellness centers.

Bowser joined seniors in a fitness class at Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center before holding a press conference with DC’s Department of Aging and Community Living Director Laura Newland on Wednesday, March 30. 

“With this $19.5 billion budget, we are focused on making sure older residents have access to world-class health care, housing, and opportunities to stay connected,” the mayor said. “We want our seniors to know: DC is open –  our wellness centers are open, our senior meal sites are open, and we encourage them to take advantage of all the opportunities we have to stay engaged, healthy, and connected.”

“We also want our seniors to help us spread the word by telling their friends and neighbors that we have centers open across the city where they can come work out, socialize, participate in programming, and receive meals,” she added.

A total of $40 million is dedicated to help longtime DC residents stay in the District by making it more affordable to own and maintain a home, as part of Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2023 Fair Shot Budget. 

Among other investments for District seniors are the Connector Card program ($1 million for expanded transportation access for seniors), $2.6 million for tablets for eligible homebound seniors, $750,000 for a new grocery card pilot program for qualifying seniors, $646,000 in the Eat Well, Live Better! senior nutrition pilot program, and more.

To access these programs, seniors may contact the following senior wellness centers:

Ward 1
Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center
3531 Georgia Avenue, NW
Phone: (202) 727-0338

Wards 2 and 3
Around Town Satellite Wellness Program
4125 Albemarle Street, NW
Phone: (202) 895-9485

Ward 4
Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center
324 Kennedy Street, NW
Phone: (202) 291-6170

Ward 5
Model Cities Senior Wellness Center
1901 Evarts Street, NE
Phone: (202) 635-1900

Ward 6
Hayes Senior Wellness Center
500 K Street, NE
Phone: (202) 727-0357

Ward 7
Washington Seniors Wellness Center
3001 Alabama Avenue, SE
Phone: (202) 581-9355

Ward 8
Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center
3500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
Phone: (202) 563-7225

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