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Governor Hochul Announces $149 Million In Community Support Distributed To Aging NYs During Pandemic

October 6, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that about $149 million in federal aid has been distributed to counties statewide to help older New Yorkers meet basic needs, remain in their homes and communities, slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and get vaccinated.

The decision comes in recognition of the enormous economic and social contributions that older adults make to our communities and families. This support funding exemplifies New York's distinction as the first age-friendly state in the nation, as designated by the World Health Organization and AARP.

"Our older community is in desperate need of support, and using federal stimulus funds will strengthen our aging services network, and extend support for those who need it,"

Governor Hochul said.

"Many essential services will continue operating—food and medication delivery, transportation, combatting social isolation, and stopping elder abuse and financial exploitation, all while supporting the family members who care for older adults so they can return to work. These needs will continue to persist and grow well beyond the pandemic, but my administration will work tirelessly to provide for our aging population."

Under the Older Americans Act, New York's aging services programs are primarily funded by state and county dollars that account for 85 percent of program costs, compared to a federal contribution of 15 percent. While this federal share has increased significantly under the American Rescue Plan, Governor Hochul is calling for sustained funding to meet the network's growing responsibilities as the population of older adults increases.

The Governor's plan would bring an additional $175 million to New York. The OAA modernization effort will also update antiquated parts of the Act, address lessons learned from the pandemic, and expand and innovate service delivery.

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) works in partnership with a network of 59 Area Agencies on Aging that provide vital support services in every county, including home-delivered or congregate meals, nutrition counseling and education, respite, legal services, personal care, case management, transportation, health insurance counseling, advocacy resources for residents of long-term care facilities, and more.

The network includes 1,176 contractors, 777 senior centers, 819 congregate meal sites, 315 central kitchens and 2,057 home-delivered meal routes.

To read more about this story, you can visit Governor Hochul Announces $149 Million In Direct Community Support Distributed To Aging New Yorkers During The Pandemic.

New York Pressroom

October 5, 2021

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