Nothing in this chapter may be construed as a limitation on the power of the federal government to regulate the development and operation of multi-purpose senior centers.
The governing body of a municipality may give financial assistance to a nonprofit corporation that undertakes the development and operation of a multi-purpose senior center.
The Department of Health and Social Services may lease property under its jurisdiction, suitable for use as a multi-purpose senior center, to a nonprofit corporation that undertakes the development and operation of a multi-purpose senior center.
A nonprofit corporation may accept and use the assistance, cooperation, and contributions of private persons, charitable organizations, and public agencies for the purpose of establishing and operating a multi-purpose senior center.
A multi-purpose senior center developed and operated by a nonprofit corporation under this chapter is not subject to real or personal property taxation by a municipality. The exemption granted under this section continues in force only while the multi-purpose senior center is owned and operated by a nonprofit corporation under the provisions of this chapter.
Private, nonprofit corporations, incorporated under state law, may undertake or may be incorporated for the purpose of undertaking the development and operation of multi-purpose senior centers.
The legislature finds that there is a need for multi-purpose senior centers in certain areas of the state to provide certain services for elderly persons, that this need can be at least partially met utilizing nonprofit corporations which would undertake the establishment of multi-purpose senior center projects, and that the establishment of these projects constitutes a public purpose worthy of the cooperation of the state.
A nonprofit corporation that undertakes the development and operation of multi-purpose senior centers may:
(1) operate in one or more municipality;
(2) issue notes, bonds, or other obligations for the purpose of developing and operating multi-purpose senior centers;
(3) perform other functions necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter.
A multi-purpose senior center is a facility where persons 60 years of age or older are provided with services and activities suited to their particular needs. The services and activities may include, but are not limited to, health examinations, legal assistance, recreation programs, general social activities, telephone reassurance programs, nutrition classes, meals at minimum cost, counseling, protective services, programs for shut-ins, and education programs.