Group aims to mend a ripped safety net

first_imgo What: Three Creeks Community Partners organizational meeting.o When: 6:30 p.m. Monday.o Where: iQ Credit Union, 305 N.E. 81st St.o Information: If attending, email [email protected], senior citizens and the 78th Street Heritage Farm are important elements of urban, unincorporated Clark County that aren’t getting their due.That’s according to Three Creeks Community Partners, a new nonprofit organization that intends to fill in some of the human-service funding gaps that Clark County government can’t cover.Its target area is the Three Creeks Special Planning District that was designated in 2007 by the Board of Clark County Commissioners: Hazel Dell, Felida, Lake Shore, Salmon Creek and the Clark County Fairgrounds.Because these areas are highly urbanized but outside the boundary of any city, proponents argue, they never have received their fair share of funding from Olympia. Now add all the budget cuts that are eating into everything from public transit and Medicare for seniors to recreation opportunities for children to basic health services for the poor.“The purpose of the organization is to provide monetary support for children’s and senior services, public projects, and events that enhance safety and the quality of life for citizens,” says a statement on the group’s website, http://ThreeCreeksCommunityPartners.org.“Through meetings with local agencies, we have started to examine how we may be able to provide financial assistance to the elderly, in their own homes and in assisted living facilities, who are having difficulty paying for their prescriptions after Medicare and Medicaid cuts,” says a statement emailed from the group last week.last_img

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