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February 26, 2020
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
If you have an opinion, fill out the survey
January 24, 2020

In Rohnert Park we pride ourselves on listening to our residents. One of the best ways we use to hear from you is our annual on-line Community Survey.

This month, we launched our 5th annual online survey. The survey asks for your opinions on a wide variety of topics. We’re interested in how well the city is meeting your needs, how we’re doing with customer service, what issues are most important to you and where we need to improve. No matter how well we think we’re doing, what counts is what you, our residents, have to say.  

Your highly valued input helps us set priorities. In years past, survey responses influenced decisions to improve Snyder Lane, reopen park restrooms, increase street repair funding and replace park playgrounds (to name a few). We’re eager to review your survey responses to help shape future improvements. The survey closes Sat., Feb. 29 – so don’t miss the opportunity. Visit www.rpcity.org/survey to take part.

Are you familiar with SHARE Sonoma County? Shared Housing and Resource Exchange (SHARE) has recently partnered with the Rohnert Park Senior Center.  SHARE Sonoma County is a non-profit organization that benefits seniors who are seeking housing options. The Home Sharing Program provides affordable housing, and helps seniors stay in their long-time home. 

With SHARE, homeowners looking for some income or help around the house agree to have a tenant (typically another senior) who can pay some rent and/or provide some help.  The homeowner also gets companionship from the shared housing. The partnership launched this week and SHARE will come to the senior center on the fourth Wed. of each month to meet with seniors. SHARE will provide information about the program and aid seniors in the application process. If you’re a senior interested in learning more about the SHARE program, visit the RP Senior Center at 6800 Hunter Dr. on Wed., Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. If your mother, father, grandparent, or friend is alone in a multi-bedroom house, maybe this is an option to help them afford their home.

We’re excited to welcome the SHARE team to Rohnert Park. Healdsburg, Sebastopol and Sonoma utilize SHARE services, and speak positively about the program. 

 

In time for tax prep season, another service to assist Rohnert Park seniors returns this year. The AARP Tax-Aide program for low-moderate income taxpayers starts up Fri., Feb. 7- April 10, 2020. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for walk-ins. Individuals utilizing this free service have the option of making a same-day or future appointment by arriving between 9:30 a.m.–noon. Bring all tax documents and other needed information, and if possible, last year’s tax return. AARP Tax-Aide free service is located at the RP Senior Center, 6800 Hunter Dr.

 

An additional tax resource kicks off this week. Low-moderate income residents can dial 2-1-1 to access the ‘Earn It! Keep it! Save it!’ program sponsored by the United Way of the Wine Country. The program offers free tax preparation assistance, in addition to helping individuals better understand their financial situation. The program offers daytime, evening and weekend appointments throughout Sonoma County.