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HHS’ Administration on Aging Provides Hurricane Dean Relief to Texas

The Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Josefina G. Carbonell, announced today that Texas will receive $76,100 to assist in Hurricane Dean relief efforts. 

“This grant to Texas’ aging network will help in providing our seniors with the supportive assistance they need to continue rebuilding their lives,” said Assistant Secretary Carbonell.

On August 17, 2007, President Bush declared 31 Texas counties as disaster areas as a result of flooding from Hurricane Dean, the first major hurricane of the 2007 hurricane season.  Fourteen of those counties were particularly hard hit. Hurricane Dean affected many low-income Texas seniors; in particular, those living along Lake Leon whose homes were flooded.

The funds will provide hurricane victims with community support services through collaborative, coordinated approaches and counseling assistance, home repair and continued clean up, chore services, financial assistance for utilities and relocation assistance.

The Administration on Aging continues to work closely with the Texas Department on Aging and Disability Services along with other federal agencies to offer needed relief to those communities impacted by the hurricane.

Information and resources on a variety of aging-related topics to assist elders, families, and caregivers can be found on the Administration on Aging Website at: http://www.aoa.gov/eldfam/eldfam.asp

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging (AoA), works with a nationwide network of organizations and service providers to develop a comprehensive and cost-effective system of long-term care that helps elderly individuals maintain their independence and dignity in their homes and communities. For more information about the AoA, please contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Washington, D.C. 20201, Phone (202) 401-4541.