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Council on Aging’s Response to the President’s Proposed Budget

Dear Council on Aging Supporters,

We are so grateful for your support which allows us to serve the most vulnerable members of our community. The recent unveiling of the FY 2018 Budget Blueprint sent to Congress this week by the President has created many questions surrounding the impacts to seniors in Henderson County. I wanted to take a moment to address those concerns.

The proposed budget put forth by the President includes cuts to the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program through which states receive funding to distribute locally. The Council on Aging for Henderson County is a recipient of funds through this grant program. Currently, 1/3 of our overall budget is comprised of grant funds through the CDBG. What does this mean for seniors in our community?

At this time more than 435 adults in our community benefit from a hot lunchtime meal by way of our Meals on Wheels program. This vital service provides not only a nutritious meal but a watchful eye from a caring volunteer to ensure our neighbors are well cared for.

More than 105 adults in Henderson County utilize the Congregate Nutrition program at the Sammy Williams Center to participate in nutrition education, health and wellness classes, and enjoy a nutritious lunchtime meal in the company of their peers. The success of this program relies in part on funding from CDBG.

For clients with more complex health needs, the Council on Aging provides a Care Management program. This program is also funded by way of the CDBG. Care Management services allow a registered nurse to work closely with qualified social workers to develop and implement care plans to improve quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens.

The Council on Aging for Henderson County could not possibly sustain the client volume we have today if the CDBG is cut as it is written in the President’s proposed budget. The impacts to seniors in our community would be deeply detrimental.

We are so grateful to our community for the support you have provided the Council on Aging for more than 40 years. We need your support now more than ever. Please consider volunteeringdonating, or reaching out to your elected officials to show our local seniors that we stand behind them. To find your representative, visit http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep. Programs that directly impact older adults in our community are most certainly effective and their return on investment has been shown to be many-fold not only for seniors, but for those caring for them.

We appreciate you!

Trina Stokes
Executive Director

To read the full statement from Meals on Wheels of America, please follow the link below:

http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/national/press-room/news/2017/03/16/meals-on-wheels-america-statement-on-budget-blueprint