Letter from the Mayor 

Dear Seniors,

First, I want to thank you for your trust and support. On January 2, I followed in the footsteps of our Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, and took the oath of office for a third time. It is the honor of my life to serve as the mayor of my hometown and I look forward to all we can accomplish in the next four years, together.

The District is now entering budget season, and seniors are an important voice in the process. As you know, every year, I make it a priority to gather input from the community – before we submit the budget to the Council – about the investments you want to see us make. In previous years, we’ve taken your ideas and turned them into solutions, programs, and investments that have helped us build a more inclusive Washington, DC. Together, we have expanded Safe At Home, provided more property tax relief for our seniors, and distributed new technology to seniors to help people stay connected to friends, family, and doctors.

Last year, we also created a $40 million package of legacy initiatives to keep more longtime Washingtonians in DC. To do this, we are putting homeownership in reach for more Black residents; providing legal support so that families can pass on property from one generation to the next; and making it easier for Washingtonians to open and expand small businesses in DC by buying commercial property in our city.

The input of residents at our Budget Engagement Forums helped shape all of these investments. Now, it is time to start providing input for our next budget. On Wednesday, February 8, we will host our Senior Budget Engagement Forum and I urge you to join us. Information will be posted on budget.dc.gov about how residents can participate. With the support of residents like you, we will continue to create a more Age-Friendly DC and help all seniors live boldly in our great city.


Muriel Bowser


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