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County OKs $160,000 contract for SCV Senior Center

Posted: June 17, 2014 5:26 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2014 5:26 p.m.

County supervisors voted Tuesday to move forward with a contract that would provide more than $160,000 to the organization that runs the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, money the center will use to provide care management services, according to officials.

The contract, which Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved ahead, would award $166,318 to the nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging, which runs the Senior Center in Newhall.

The money is made available through the Older Americans Act, according to Rachelle Dardeau, executive director for the center.

The Senior Center has received those funds in the past, so Tuesday’s action marks a continuation of the center’s contract, she said.

“We were re-approved for another four years,” Dardeau said Tuesday.

Dardeau said the money will be used for a variety of purposes, including providing care management services to seniors in the Santa Clarita Valley — helping seniors identify and benefit from services that are available to them.

“We’re always working with the county to make sure that our seniors get exactly what they need,” Dardeau said. “We’re very fortunate to have that working relationship.”

City officials have proposed increasing Santa Clarita’s contribution to the center by $100,000 in next year’s budget, which would bring the city’s total yearly contribution to around $750,000.

“If we identify a need, the county and the city will work together to help us address it,” Dardeau said. “It’s really a nice working relationship.”
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