The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received $955 million in CARES Act grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities as an aid to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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 Alex Azar, Secretary of the HHS. “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 CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was put into place by the Trump Administrationon March 27, 2020. The CARES Act aims to provide the necessary supplemental funding for programs organized 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 senior centers, faith-based organizations, senior living, and other non-profit agencies 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 impact of the new grant
“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,” said Secretary Azar.
As COVID-19 has resulted in the stay-at-home order shutting down the economy and closing locations where many people typically receive medical and assisted living services, it has made it extremely difficult for families to assist loved ones who live alone. Businesses have had to increase costs to adapt to the current environment and remain able to provide aid to the elderly and disabled.
ACL Administrator Lance Robertson confirmed,“These additional funds will allow for an incredible response at the state and local level to meet the needs of people who are facing some of the greatest risks during the COVID-19 emergency.”
Who is the Administration for Community Living?
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) 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 ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans. For more information about ACL’s programs, visit ACL.gov.