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Friday, September 12, 2003 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 401-4541

AoA Awards $5.6 Million to Support Community Services for Seniors In Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities In 12 Cities

Assistant Secretary for Aging, Josefina G. Carbonell announced $5,635,552 in 12 grants (10 new grants and two continuations) to help seniors remain independent in the communities in which they live.

The awards will establish demonstration programs to develop and test models to support older persons in 12 cities that contain “naturally occurring retirement communities” – Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburg and Washington, D.C. Each of these cities has a significant number of seniors who have remained in their own communities as they have grown older.

“These grants will provide opportunities to test and evaluate new methods in assisting older individuals in their efforts to age in place, in their own homes and communities,” Carbonell said.

The demonstration grants will focus on providing access to and linking health and supportive services for seniors who are living in naturally occurring retirement communities; removing existing barriers to those services, and developing innovative strategies to enhance the quality of life of residents.

Services provided by HHS’ Administration on Aging through the Older Americans Act, such as nutrition, transportation, health promotion and support for family caregivers, are important components of the continuum of care needed and desired by older persons who want to retain their independence. Providing individuals with greater choices through opportunities for home and community based services is a major goal of the Bush Administration.

A description of each new project and funding amount follows:

Albuquerque, NM, $220, 631: The Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque will develop and assess innovative service delivery models to enable seniors to avoid premature institutionalization through supportive in-home services. Due to New Mexico’s high poverty rate for seniors, three of the four identified NORC sites are subsidized housing projects. NEW

Atlanta, GA, $98,058: The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. This project will be a part of a larger community initiative overseen by the Atlanta Regional Commission entitled, Aging Atlanta. Each NORC site will be designed based on three major objectives: 1. building individual capacity to age at home; 2. building neighborhood capacity to support aging at home; 3. and building a more “elder friendly” community through working with organizations, businesses and religious institutions to more effectively serve older adults. NEW

Baltimore, MD, $512,000: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., will work with seniors and community groups to develop Supportive Neighborhoods for older adults in two naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) in Baltimore. CONTINUATION

CHICAGO, IL, $245,146: The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JFMC), in partnership with the Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE), will conduct a 17 month demonstration program for seniors aging in place in four to six buildings/communities on the north side of Chicago, and its southern and northern suburbs. NEW

DETROIT, MI, $441,263: The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Commission on Jewish Eldercare Services will work with older adults and community groups (e.g. home and building owners, religious congregations, local municipalities, service providers, businesses, etc.) in the 10 Mile/ Greenfield/ Lincoln corridor in the Oak Park/Southfield area of Oakland County, MI to create the Supportive Communities program. NEW

LAS VEGAS, NV, $637,380: The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas will establish a senior adult resource drop-in center located in the Renaissance Office Park at Tropicana and Eastern. The primary delivery of services will be directed and carried out through the senior center. NEW

LOS ANGELES, CA, $490,292: The Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles will test and evaluate innovative health and social service methodologies to assist senior living independently in the West Hollywood and Fairfax districts of Los Angeles County. NEW

MIAMI, FL, $490,292: Greater Miami Jewish Federation. This project is intended to enable elderly residents to continue to function safely live in their homes. Their approach will involve four sites in South Florida, high rise and gated communities in which the population is almost exclusively elderly individuals or couples who are living independently. NEW

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, $833,497: The Jewish Family and Children’s Service will work with the Shalom Community Alliance and the city of St. Louis Park to coordinate and develop activities, services and environmental improvements for seniors who live in the city. NEW

Philadelphia, PA, $245,146: Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia. Is expanding to 240 condominium apartments and will select two sites (such as a synagogue, library or geriatric exercise facility) in the Overbrook Park/Wynnewood area to anchor service delivery and provide a gathering place for seniors who avail themselves of our center-based programs. CONTINUATION

Pittsburgh, PA, $245,146: The United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburg will establish a partnership with the Jewish Family and Children’s Service and the Jewish Community Center to create interagency “care teams” that will provide access to a comprehensive, client-oriented system of services for seniors living in NORCs located in downtown Pittsburgh. NEW

Washington, D.C., $1,176,701, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, D.C. The participating agencies have identified two neighborhoods in which A Comprehensive Community Approach to Aging in Place (CAP) will be piloted for a period of seventeen months. Montrose (Rockville) and Kemp Mill (Silver Spring), were chosen for their high concentration of older adults, aging in place and because they host a variety of community organizations which can serve as hubs for the dissemination of services. NEW