The Objective

Increase the economic stability of struggling older adults in Marin through financial education, benefits assistance, and workforce opportunities.

The Issue 

The growth rate of the older population in Marin is one of the fastest in the state. One in four adults in the county are 65 or older — higher than the state average. By 2030, one in three residents will be a senior. While many older adults in Marin have resources to live well, one-quarter of Marin’s older adults are considered “poor” and often cannot afford basic needs, such as housing, food and healthcare. On top of this, safety net services have been stretched thin across the county due to the high demand for services and reduced public funding, and older adults under-utilize critical public and private benefits, such as Cal Fresh, that could address their basic needs.

Our Approach 

We want to provide support for older adults before they fall into crisis. Therefore, we will seek to increase their economic security through improved benefits access, employment opportunities, and financial counsel. We will also support partnerships with the County to help better coordinate access to benefits.

Grantmaking

This initiative uses an invitation-only application process. Grantmaking in this area is completed for 2017.  For the 2018 funding cycle, proposals will be invited January 12, 2018, with a decision expected in April 2018.

Current Grantees

  • YWCA of San Francisco & Marin
  • Community Action Marin

Reports & Resources

Reports

For questions regarding this initiative, please contact

Shirin Vakharia

Director for Health & Aging

415.464.2541