Dignity Fund Passes! Now What?

Welcome to the Interim Dignity Fund Website

The Dignity Fund passed on November 9th with 67% of the voters saying Yes!  Now the work begins to implement.  A new website is under development, but until it is up and active, we offer this site as an interim to share information from the campaign as well as highlight upcoming activities.  In the meantime, you can see the history of the campaign with lots of pictures on our Facebook page.

Final List of Endorsers 

Over the course of the Dignity Fund Campaign, the measure gathered an impressive list of Endorsers and only a very short list of those who urged a No Vote.  We appreciate the opportunity that the campaign has given us all to talk about the needs of seniors and adults with disabilities now and in the future.  These discussions will hopefully continue over the coming months and years.

Coalition Goals Now Need to Be Met  

The Dignity Fund Coalition’s proposed ballot measure sought to secure sustained funding for services and support to ensure that San Francisco seniors, adults with disabilities, veterans, and those living with chronic/life-threatening illnesses are able to live with dignity, independence and choice in their homes and communities.   The Coalition prepared a case statement for the Dignity Fund, identifying documented unmet and emerging needs in the seven areas of support detailed in the legislation.  In the final legislation, you can see examples of the kinds of programs and initiatives to be funded the designed areas:

  • Home and Community-based Long Term Care Services and Support
  • Food and Nutrition Programs
  • Consumer and Caregiver Education, Empowerment and Support
  • Senior/Disabled Community and Service Centers
  • Empowerment, Self-Advocacy and Legal Services Program
  • Health and Wellness
  • Targeted Services to Groups Underserved

Next Steps  

The Steering Committee of the Dignity Fund Coalition has begun meeting with leaders in the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) and the Human Service Agency (HSA) to move forward actions on three fronts:

Budget – to understand and to shape the process for budget decision-making this year, that includes a significant increase of funding added last year and a new $6 million for fiscal year 2016-17.

Trailer legislation – Proposition I is a charter amendment – it creates the Dignity Fund and broadly outlines a planning and decision-making process that includes a Governance and Accountability Group.   But because it is charter amendment, some details of implementation are provided in training legislation that must be approved by the Board.  That legislation needs to be drafted and sent to the board by the end of the year.

Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) – The OAC will have 11 members, as follows:

  • Two members of the Aging and Adult Services Commission;
  • Three members of the Advisory Council to DAAS;
  • Three members of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council
  • Three at-large members appointed by the Mayor, with approval of the Board of Supervisors.

The Dignity Fund Coalition Continues 

The Dignity Fund Coalition will continue to hold open meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 2:30 to 4:30 at ILRC, at 825 Howard Street.

Other Information from the Campaign Site

Other information from the Nationbuilder Campaign website, which is now closed, will live here until a new site is up and running.

Proposition I and the Dignity Fund it has created will ensure San Francisco seniors and adults with disabilities are able to live with dignity, independence, and choice in their homes and communities through policy change and sustained funding of services and support.

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