The Department of Health and Human Services announced $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The grants will fund home-delivered meals, care services in the home, respite care and other support to families and caregivers, information about and referral to supports and more.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act provides supplemental funding for programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Through these programs, a network of community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, senior centers, faith-based organizations and other non-profits provide a vast array of resources and services to help older adults and people with disabilities stay healthy and live independently in their communities across the United States. The need for these services has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed locations where many people typically receive services and made it difficult for families to assist loved ones who live alone. In addition, the adaptations necessary to provide these services in the current environment have increased costs to service providers.
“This nearly $1 billion in new funds will help communities support older adults and people of all ages with disabilities in staying healthy, safe and independent during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “The new funding secured by President Trump from Congress is a historic boost to programs that support community living for all people, representing an increase of over 40 percent in this year’s funding for Administration for Community Living’s programs. The aging and disability networks supported by these programs are delivering meals, ensuring safe transitions home following hospitalizations and providing other essential services to older Americans and Americans with disabilities during this challenging time."
The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose and with the ability to participate fully in their communities. By funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations and with investments in research, education and innovation, the Administration for Community Living helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans.
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