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Greuel: LA Needs Better Tracking, Reporting Of Services To Seniors

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SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA.com) — Senior citizens in Los Angeles may not be receiving meals and other services funded by city programs, according to an audit released Wednesday.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the audit by City Controller Wendy Greuel’s office has revealed a lack of accurate record-keeping in the Department of Aging’s Fiscal and Program Operations.

An estimated 15,000 seniors aged 60 or over are served through a number of different services provided by the Department, including home-delivered meals, personalized door-to-door transit service, and a senior community service employment service that offers job training in public and non-profit agencies.

But Greuel, who was joined by Councilmember Dennis Zine and seniors at the East Valley Adult Center in Sherman Oaks, said the city cannot determine exactly how many meals are served to seniors or whether they are actually going to low income seniors.

“They’re not checking the income verification necessarily to ensure that we’re getting the lowest-income seniors the services, the free meals that we provide,” Greuel said.

The report also found that some meals were delivered to seniors living in high-income neighborhoods and suggests the Department refocus its efforts to prioritize services for the “neediest individuals”.

Department of Aging Director Laura Trejo said the audit provides an opportunity to make changes that will benefit the community.

“We will be looking at these recommendations fully, and we will be making an effort to implement as much of it as quickly as we can,” said Trejo.

Click here (PDF) to read the audit.

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