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Our latest research finds that the five Milwaukee County-owned senior centers face substantial repair and replacement needs, which poses a particular challenge given the county’s overall backlog of needed infrastructure projects. At the same time, these facility needs offer an opportunity for Milwaukee County officials and the broader community to re-assess the role of senior centers.
After examining older adult programming in five peer counties and national guidance established by the federal Older Americans Ac, we suggest that the current senior center model may not constitute the best use of the limited resources available to promote older adult independence. In contemplating a different model, policymakers and citizens should address the following questions:
Should Milwaukee County own and pay for programming in large facilities that are exclusively devoted to older adult services?
Should Milwaukee County consider, instead, the use of multi-generational community centers in the hope of expanding the benefits of such facilities to the broader community?
School Referenda in Wisconsin-Spring 2019 Election Update
In recent years, Wisconsin voters have approved school district spending referenda in record numbers. Results for the spring 2019 vote still show support for many of these proposals. Our latest Focus looks at the updated trends in school referenda. This interactive dashboard provides more school referenda figures, including district by district data.Read More