About Kalamazoo County Advocates for Senior Issues
KCASI is a 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to advocate as a non-partisan group for the improvement of conditions affecting the lives of older adults and future generations.
History & Background
Formed on August 21, 2001 under the umbrella of the Area Agency on Aging IIIA (AAA) and Kalamazoo County Government, Kalamazoo County Advocates for Senior Issues (KCASI) operated out of the Area Agency on Aging office and with support from AAA staff until 2017. Starting in January 2018, KCASI became a stand alone nonprofit, all volunteer organization.
KCASI has educated and advocated for issues pertinent to Kalamazoo County seniors. Historically, KCASI has created a platform of stands on issues, not specific pieces of legislation. This allows for immediate action when legislation on a particular issue comes up.
KCASI incorporated and gained nonprofit status in 2007.
A community that assesses and considers the impact of its decisions on seniors.
To educate and advocate as a non-partisan group on issues affecting the lives of older adults and future generations.
Kalamazoo County Advocates for Senior Issues is committed to:
Judy Sivak, President
Laurel Space, President-Elect
Danna Downing, Secretary
Jan Livesay, Treasurer
Joyce Stout, Past President
Frank Cody, Chair, Legislative Committee
- Kinship Caregiver Support – Grandparents and other relatives who are raising children need coordinated support at the state and local level, which House Bill 5443 and 5444 provide.
- Affordable Housing – Support legislation, policies, and programs that increase the availability of affordable housing for older adults. This includes advocating for a county-wide Home Sharing Program (matching owner with renter who provides an agreed upon financial or chore/household assistance).
Other issues to monitor for possible action include:
- Aging in Community Policies/Funding
- Health & Safety (suicide prevention, healthy living opportunities)
- Increasing Government Transparency