The California Continuing Care Residents Association, known as CALCRA, is a membership and advocacy organization representing Californians who live in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Our mission is to ensure the quality of life and financial security of CCRC residents throughout the state.
We are the voice of CCRC residents before providers who own and manage facilities, the state legislature, and government oversight agencies. We contract with one part-time lobbyist; volunteers carry out all administrative duties for our organization. Modest membership dues support our budget – we encourage you to join today.
Our story began in 1991, when Maude and Jim Transue, residents of the Sequoias in Portola Valley, were unhappy with monthly fee increases at their CCRC. Jim had heard that residents of Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa were having a similar experience, so he went to visit with them to discuss how they could work together to address their concerns.
In 1992, Maude and Jim took their concerns to government oversight officials and state legislators, many of whom had never previously met with CCRC residents. They were encouraged to form an organization rather than advocating as individuals. Thus, in September of that year, CALCRA was formed as a resident coalition during a meeting with residents from Spring Lake Village, St. Paul’s Towers, Canterbury Woods and the Tamalpais. Jim was elected president and he and Maude began meeting with CCRC residents in Southern California to strengthen our fledgling organization.
Over the next several years, CALCRA worked with state legislators to pass bills to address problems in the CCRC industry. In 1995, CALCRA incorporated, and Jim continued on as president. Since then, we have established a track record of legislative successes and continue to advocate effectively on behalf of our membership and CCRC residents.