Senior Centers Registration Fee


Membership Categories and Eligibility Criteria

A. Types of Membership

There are two types of membership categories:

Member

Membership is open to persons 55 years of age and who meet eligibility requirements and who have paid their annual membership dues to the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) Senior Centers. Participants have access to all Fairfax County Senior Centers and can participate in community programs sponsored by NCS. To remain a member in good standing dues must be paid annually. Memberships are non-transferrable.

Guest

An individual (55 and over) can obtain a guest membership for up to 10 days on an annual basis. The daily fee for a guest membership is $5.00 (10 day passes are $50.00).

B. Eligibility Requirements and Rules of Conduct

All program applicants must meet eligibility requirements, participation guidelines, and adhere to the Code of Conduct for senior centers. NCS reserves the right to deny access to senior centers or to discharge a participant when program eligibility requirements are no longer met.

Participation Guidelines for Fairfax County Senior Centers:

We seek to provide senior center members excellent service in a pleasant atmosphere. Our center facilities have been designed for independent seniors. Following are guidelines that individuals must meet before qualifying as a member. A member must be:

  1. 55 years of age or older.
  2. Able to independently negotiate center facilities/field trip locations safely.
  3. Able to get on and off a county vehicle independently and follow safety procedures.
  4. Able to understand and carry out directions from staff.
  5. Able to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
  6. Able to participate appropriately in a social setting using respectful manners and language.
  7. Able to eat independently.
  8. Able use rest room unassisted
  9. Poses no risk to self or others.

An individual who requires assistance with activities of daily living may be able to join in center activities if he/she has a companion or family member with them at all times and approval from center director.

Appeals

Site based senior center staff will make the initial determination as to membership eligibility and advise potential participants of other resources that may better meet their needs. If membership has been denied a potential participant may file a written appeal. The appeal should contain the facts pertinent to the case. Mail or personally deliver the appeal to the Senior Services Division Supervisor. The appeal must be received within ten business days of membership denial. The decision of the Division Supervisor or his/her designee shall be final.

Fee Determination: Income Eligibility Requirements (FY 2010)

These figures are based on 225% of the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines

Annual Income

Registration Fee

$24,369 and above

$48.00

$24,368 and below $24.00

Proof of Income

Fees are based on the participant or participant/spouse’s gross income. Participants choosing to pay full fee or those whose income exceeds $24,369 do not need to provide documentation. Applicants requesting a variance in the annual registration fee must provide the following documentation:

  • Letter of award from Social Security Administration
  • Statement of monthly/pension benefits
  • Employer statement (company letterhead) starting your salary or pay stubs from previous month
  • Bank statement showing automatic deposit of Social Security Check, SSI check and/or retirement benefits

Donations for Membership Support

Individuals, families, service groups, clubs and organizations may contribute funds to assist those older adults who need assistance with their annual membership fee. These donated funds can be earmarked for a specific individual or unspecified participants. The donations are tax deductible. More details regarding this donation process may be obtained by contacting your senior center director.


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