BY JON CRONIN
The Department for the Aging has received a $20 million increase in funding in its budget this year.
The Department For The Aging’s Fiscal Year 2017 Adopted Budget totals roughly $330.9 million. The Council put in about $30,846,000, the administration this year, which is up from approximately from $33 million in FY16 coming from Council initiatives.
The DFTA also received $1.8 million specifically to fund their current waitlist of approximately 1,400 cases.
“The Council is committed to making sure our growing aging population has the resources they need to age in dignity and to ensure a strong sense of community,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Bronx/Manhattan).
She added, “Whether by providing health care services, housing assistance or meals, or by creating Age-Friendly Neighborhoods, I’m proud of the Council’s on-going efforts to support our seniors.”
“This funding is a step in the right direction towards permanently ending waitlists for case management services. I thank Mayor de Blasio for acknowledging that no senior should ever languish on a waitlist for vital city services, and for partnering with the City Council to provide consistent and stable funding so that elderly New Yorkers can age with dignity,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) chairperson of the City Council Committee on Aging.
DFTA also provides services directly through its Senior Employment Services Unit, Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center, Alzheimer’s and Caregiver Resource Center, Foster Grandparent Program, Grandparent Resource Center, Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program, and Health Promotion Unit.
Chin said there have been increases in funding to encourage healthy aging, support cultural activities for seniors, and services for elderly immigrant New Yorkers.
She noted, “We still have a way to go to restore aging funding to pre-recessionary levels in order to address the needs of the growing number of seniors in our City.”
In Queens, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) recently released his allocations towards programs and centers that aids seniors. Twenty thousand was given to the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee, which operates out of Manhattan and aids residents and seniors with affordable housing, senior programs, and senior transportation. The HANAC allocation is for the Angelo Petromelis Senior Center in College point and SelfHelp community services is the Clearview Senior Center in Bayside.
Below are local non-profits that received funding from the City Council to provide senior services:
Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Community Center – $20,000
Korean American Senior Citizens Society of Greater NY – $10,000
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York – $10,000
North Flushing Senior Center – $8,500
Queens Interagency Council on Aging – $11,500
Selfhelp Community Services – $20,000
Services Now For Adult Persons – $10,000
St. Kevin’s Senior Club – $6,000
Reach Reporter Jon Cronin at (718) 357-7400 x125, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JonathanSCronin