Leadership Class 28 Launches Senior Housing Survey
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Leadership Park City Class 28 Launches Senior Housing Survey
Class Project Seeks to Address Community Need
Park City, UTAH (August 5, 2022) - Leadership Park City Class 28 (LPC28) announced today the launch of the Senior Housing Survey, which serves as their class project. The survey is now open through September 6. Individuals ages 55 and over with an interest in the future of senior housing in the Park City area are encouraged to participate.
Survey link: https://pccf.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_djxZJAH4njacJAq. The survey is available in English and will be available in Spanish imminently.
LPC28 sets out to complete a comprehensive survey of seniors in greater Park City to determine the needs and wants of this community for housing. The survey seeks to gauge interest and for what types of housing, including subsidized and unsubsidized options. LPC28 will consolidate this information and present solutions and resources to City and County leadership.
Each year Leadership Park City participants choose a project aimed at providing creative solutions for tackling pertinent community issues. Senior housing has gained prominence as Park City continues to expand and grow. Senior housing provides safety, accessibility and community that conventional housing options may lack. Currently, there are no senior housing options available in the greater Park City area. Summit County has limited options, but not nearly enough for the growing senior population. Access and options for senior housing is critical in maintaining a vibrant, diverse population.
“Housing is obviously a huge buzzword in Park City, it’s an issue across the board,” said Kathy Kahn, LPC28 class member. “We chose to tackle senior housing as our class project because it has become an increasingly important topic of discussion for Parkites and the greater community. Do we need senior housing? If so, what does that look like? What do our seniors want?”
“We saw a way to make an immediate impact by bridging the gap for the multiple entities (like the City, County and the Gray Ribbon Committee) trying to gather good, useful data. The stakeholders in the greater Park City area have identified the need for two types of housing. One is Independent Living with some assistance, essentially for households to downsize but remain in the community, close to their friends. The second type would be enriched, i.e., Assisted Living and Memory Care. The stakeholders in the general Summit County area have shown the need for a whole continuum of housing types for senior living. Our class has people from all sectors of the Park City community and we can harness our own individual networks to engage a large swath of the population. By coming at this from outside of a municipal perspective we can be nimble and creative in collecting responses to determine what the senior population desires in the way of housing”
LPC28 was deliberate in the development of the survey, which took several months. Members of LPC28 researched existing senior housing in 10 other mountain communities, as well as in Heber City and Salt Lake County, with a focus on Independent Living options. LPC28 collaborated with Park City Municipal, Summit County and the Gray Ribbon Committee in determining the scope and breadth of the questions to ensure the information collected was pertinent to City and County goals.
As part of the buy-in process, LPC28 organized a potluck social to engage Park City seniors with the Leadership Class at the Park City Senior Center on May 31. Nearly 100 people attended and the event served as a vital source of feedback while the survey was being developed.
“We really went about this very meticulously as we wanted to produce a thoughtful, high quality survey that would provide a good data set City and County leadership can reference as they tackle this issue,” said Kahn. “We are excited to unveil the survey and we look forward to presenting the community’s input to City and County councils this fall.”
Please only fill the survey out once; if you have done this survey already, there is no need to do it again.
About Leadership Park City
Leadership Park City identifies, encourages and trains new community leaders, and provides class members a long-term, group-oriented learning opportunity. It is patterned after other successful community leadership programs around the country and the Kellogg National Leadership Program sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. All those with a desire to learn more about the challenges facing the Park City community and are interested in becoming involved are encouraged to apply. More information https://www.parkcity.org/departments/leadership-park-city.