Harry Bronson, chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging, recently announced the assembly budget includes critical funding for programs designed to help aging New Yorkers receive the services they need to age in place and also invests funding to prevent and assist those experiencing elder abuse.
“As the chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging, I am committed to advancing policy and programs that protect the health, safety, independence and wellbeing of our aging New Yorkers,” said Bronson. “I am pleased to announce that the assembly budget includes $15 million for the Enhanced In-home Services for the Elderly Program, which will provide local Offices for the Aging with the needed resources to care for our loved ones.”
The budget also included $500,000 in funding to support Lifespan’s Multi-Disciplinary Elder Abuse Education and Outreach programs. A Rochester-based nonprofit, Lifespan runs the Upstate Elder Abuse Center which provides resources and a network of professionals who work to prevent and protect victims from elder abuse through intervention, education and services.
“A recent study by the Center for an Urban Future has found nearly one in six New Yorkers is 65 and older. As New York’s population continues to age, we must continue to fund the programs that help keep older New Yorkers in the vibrant communities they have helped to build over the course of their lives,” said Bronson. “Lifespan has shown time and again they have the expertise to help our older adult population and those who care for them, and I am proud to have successfully fought for this funding to support their vital work.”
The budget also includes $1 million in funding for the community services for the Elderly Program, which provides localities with considerable financial flexibility to address unmet needs of their aging populations in their communities; $250,000 for Older Adults Technology Centers, which provides aging New Yorkers with instruction and educational opportunities on how to use computer programs and other technology; $100,000 for a Senior Rights Hotline which serves as a one-stop shop for information on legal rights and services for older New Yorkers; and $100,000 for SAGE LGBT Welcoming Elder Housing which seeks to provide housing stability for aging member of the LGBTQ community who often face discrimination in traditional senior housing institutions.
Contact Alex Hipolito at hipolia@nyassembly.gov or (315) 412-5918 for more information on the budget negotiation process.