First Round of Supplemental OAA Grants in the Field
Congress recently passed two emergency spending bills to provide economic stimulus and supplemental funding for many federal programs, including Older Americans Act, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first of those distributions is hitting the streets now.
The Families First Act was signed into law on March 18, and last week ACL sent nearly $250 million to states and tribes for OAA Title III C and Title VI nutrition services. This will allow AAAs and their providers to begin to meet the rapidly escalating nutritional needs of older adults during this public health crisis.
Last week, the President signed another measure, the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, into law, which will send an additional $870 million to the Aging Network for nutrition, supportive services, family caregiver support, elder justice and ADRC activities. Given the size of this package across the federal government, we expect a slightly slower distribution timeline, but predict that ACL will allocate these funds to states in the next few weeks and post details on their website.