October 1, 2013
Senior Community Centers hosted an intimate gathering on Monday, Sept. 23 to honor a family with a big heart – Sheila and Hughes Potiker. The evening reception celebrated the family’s generous financial support of a $1 million matching gift challenge to sustain the future of low-income seniors now and for years to come.
To recognize the family’s ongoing leadership, Senior Community Centers renamed City Heights Square, a multi-story affordable housing complex designed to provide at-risk seniors with the protection and support they deserve, to the Potiker City Heights Residence. This is the second Senior Community Centers housing project funded by the Potiker Family. Sheila and Hughes son, Brian Potiker, spoke at the event on behalf of his family:
“My parents were very aware that many seniors don’t have a safe place to live. They don’t have anyone to watch or care for them, particularly when they’re most vulnerable. This is why this facility was so important to them.”
(From left to right: Lowell Potiker, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Jori Potiker, Brian Potiker, SCC President and CEO Paul Downey)
Potiker City Heights Residence is located at 4065 43rd Street. The residence consists of 150 affordable studios and one-bedroom apartments between 350 and 500 square feet each. Rent is far below the average high cost for housing in San Diego. Residents receive quality support services that prevent and remove the barriers to independent living, including nutritious breakfast and lunch, activities and socialization opportunities, access to a registered nurse and social service case management.
To learn more about Senior Community Centers’ Affordable Housing Program please visit www.servingseniors.org.
September 12, 2013
Even before the revitalization plan for San Diego’s East Village came to fruition, Senior Community Centers took a bold step and began the construction of our first affordable senior housing complex in 2002. Petco Park opened in 2004, residential buildings began to sprout up around the ball park in 2005.
Market Square Manor – now Potiker Family Senior Residence – opened in 2003 and 200 seniors found a stable and affordable place to call home.
Learn more about our affordable housing options at http://www.servingseniors.org.
August 16, 2013
It’s been 10 years this month since Senior Community Centers first opened Potiker Family Senior Residence – an affordable housing complex in San Diego’s East Village that nearly 200 seniors call their home!
Providing access to housing has the greatest economic impact on the quality of life for many low-income seniors in San Diego. Surviving on a small fixed income to pay for rent, food and medication is no easy task and seniors are at risk of homelessness and too often begin the downward spiral from independence to institutionalization in their golden years.
(Seniors at Potiker Family Senior Residence celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary)
A handful of residents have been with us for the entire 10 years and remember my announcement in 2003 that “Market Square Manor’ (the original name of the project) is ready for move-in day. Residents recall the days when they could see the Petco Park scoreboard from the roof of our building before nearby high rises took shape.
One of our residents is Joe (77). After being homeless for 17 years, he moved into Potiker Family Senior Residence in 2003. He found a new purpose to live and became the President of the Potiker Residents Association and the Director of the Garden Club. He shared his experience at our 10 year anniversary gathering with his fellow residents:
“This place saved my life and I love living here. I am so thankful for what staff and the management company do for us. They listen and make sure our needs are addressed. We have had great outings to Balboa Park and other San Diego destinations. I am most thankful for our flourishing garden and the joy it brings me and other seniors. Our Civic Engagement group is all about fellowship, solutions and everyone – all of you – are welcome. We are family here.”
To learn more how we help at-risk seniors remain healthy and independent, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter or visit our Website.
March 27, 2013
Endless beaches, year-round wonderful weather, close proximity to the desert and mountains, a rich and diverse culture – San Diego has plenty of exciting activities to offer for an engaging lifestyle during retirement.
San Diego residents benefit from excellent health care and medical research facilities. UC San Diego Medical Center is ranked 37th in the nation for geriatric care. (The full US News List for Geriatric Care has over 1,500 hospitals listed.)
But amazing weather, casual beach living and excellent medical care are not enough to make San Diego a top destination for retirement. In fact, San Diego is one of the top 10 worst cities to retire.
“What makes it difficult to retire in the San Diego metro area are the high housing costs. People age 60 and older spend a median of over $1,000 per month on rent and $1,971 monthly on their mortgages, although costs drop to $436 monthly for seniors who have paid off their houses.”
While some retirees have the luxury to choose where to spend their non-working years, Baby Boomers that already live in San Diego may not have that choice and are bound to struggle with the high cost of living. Deep family roots and local investments may make it hard to pack up and settle elsewhere.
The 60+ population in San Diego is projected to increase from 531,980 today to 929,766 in 2030. This 75% increase compared to a 62% increase nationally (from 57 million to 92 million) will impact life in San Diego and the work of Senior Community Centers on many levels. By 2030, 25% of the population will be over 60 years of age with an average life expectancy of 83 years.
Wherever you choose to spend your retirement, are you prepared for 20+ years without a set salary? While Congress is still taking too much time to handle our aging population, it’s never too early for you to start planning. (Here is a good retirement planning guide from the US Department of Labor.)
February 28, 2012
Council members Faulconer and Gloria proclaimed today, February 28th, “Senior Transitional Housing Day” in the City of San Diego. After the proclamation I took a moment for our flip camera.