The City of Sugar Land’s Senior Center Study Open House
Whether you are a longtime T.E. Harman Center member, have a parent who is a senior, or you are a senior or soon-to-be senior yourself but not a member of the T.E. Harman Center, the City of Sugar Land would like to hear from you at the Senior Center Study Open House!
Senior Center Study Open House Wednesday, January 26 from 6-8 p.m. City Hall Lobby 2700 Town Center Blvd. N., 77479
Over the last 20 years services for the City of Sugar Land's senior adults have evolved and grown. Therefore the City of Sugar Land is in the process of conducting a Senior Center Needs Study to determine the wants and needs of this community's elder population.
Learn more below.
Senior Center Needs Study:
The City of Sugar Land provides services to the City's older adults ages 50 years and up through programs and services hosted at the T.E. Harman Center.
Over the last 20 years these services have evolved and grown, and the City of Sugar Land is currently conducting a Senior Center Needs Study to determine the wants and needs of our community's elder population.
The purpose of the Senior Center Needs study is to provide a preliminary study on a new senior center that:
1) Promotes the health and well-being, social interactions and independence of senior individuals
2) Responds to the needs and interests of a diverse population of seniors from different cultural, generational and socioeconomic backgrounds, and with increasingly complex social and physical needs
3) Meets the community’s needs within reasonable budget
4) Provides reliable cost estimate for funding effort and/or bond election
5) Explores funding opportunities and sustainable funding streams
6) Creates an amenity that attracts potential businesses and residents
Membership at the T.E. Harman Center is up 300% since the Center’s relocation in 2011. Attendance at senior programs has also seen significant increases over the past several years with the most popular programs being yoga, dance and language classes.
Goals and Objectives:
The goals and objectives of the Senior Center Needs study are to:
*Confirm a long term plan for the future of the senior facility / program
*Gather support from senior adults
*Make considerations for future bond elections
*Get City Council consensus on the City’s vision
*Consider alternative solutions (retail space)
Study's Focus Areas:
*Current programmable space vs demand
*Existing building opportunities and constraints
*Existing site opportunities and constraints for expansion
*Public input / understanding general community needs (ie transportation)
*Determine unmet needs due to space constraints
*Benchmark best practices for senior programs and facilities