Local Seniors Face Low Income And High Rent
Senior housing rent rises 7%, worrying many about their future.
Recently, local senior housing rent went up another 7%. Faced with the inability to pay more, many seniors are taking a stand, and asking for help.
On July 10th, many seniors gathered at City Hall to make their crisis known at a Council meeting. Dr. Gene Dorio, a Henry Mayo doctor, and a senior citizen advocate, said that many seniors were waving signs, and some even made testimonies before the council members. “We expected them to come out full force, and indeed, they did.”
Dorio also says that the City is aware of the problem and is trying to help. “The City has done a lot… we are just worried it might not be enough. This is a problem, and we all have to work together to fix it.”
If rent continues to rise, most seniors won’t be able to afford living in Santa Clarita anymore. Social Security increased a mere 3%, and will not suffice rent costs, not to mention the cost of food, medication and other necessities. With most already on social security, they can’t afford any more expenses.
“Right now, we’re banding the seniors together and getting in groups,” says Dorio. This is just the beginning of the fight against the high rent increases, and the seniors will continue to fight until it changes.