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Washtenaw County, MI- In an on-going commitment to support older adults in our community, the Board approved two funding recommendations totaling $4.3M to older adult service providers in Washtenaw County. The first allocation of $3.8M comes as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) 3.0 plan and was finalized during the October 18th Board meeting. The second allocation totaling $500,000 was approved during the December 6th Board meeting to increase the geographic diversity of older adult organizations receiving funding.
The Washtenaw County Commission on Aging, a Commission that advises the Board on the needs of older adults in the county, advocated for the funding due to the substantial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the health and wellbeing of older adults in our community. The sixteen service providers that were selected for funding are Catholic Social Services, Dexter Senior Center, Ypsilanti Senior Center, Chelsea Senior Center Feonix-Mobility Rising, Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Manchester Area Senior Citizens Council, the City of Saline, Northfield Human Services, Northfield Township Senior Center, and the Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE).
"I am thrilled to be supporting a variety of organizations that fill a crucial need in our community," Commissioner Jason Maciejewski, District 1. "One in five Washtenaw County residents is an older adult and this commitment to provide Food Assistance, Housing, Health Care, and Direct Assistance will be impactful for so many of our residents.”
The organizations approved for funding have a proven track record of tackling systemic issues within Washtenaw County. The Board is committed to continuing the strong partnership between older adult serving organizations and county government to help address urgent issues within our community.
“This investment in older adult services proves that we hold true to our promises,” Commissioner Justin Hodge, Chair of the Board. “An important facet of our commitment to supporting older adults in Washtenaw County is our dedication to finding long-term strategies that will prioritize health, safety, and security for our aging community members. We are focused on continued collaboration with senior serving organizations that will help build a future where everyone can age with access to the resources, care, and support they deserve.”
“It is critical for the Washtenaw County government to invest in older adult service providers, and I am proud of this multi-million-dollar commitment,” Commissioner Annie Somerville, District 6. "This action is an important step towards supporting healthy and fulfilling aging opportunities for older adults in Washtenaw County.”