Southern Level Seniors Programs to Receive COVID Recovery Fund
Almost $ 5.5 million goes to the Southern Tier with another $ 5.5 million federal assistance going to counties in central New York City to help older residents meet the challenges of staying in their homes and communities while slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Stimulus funding for aging services in Broome, Chenango, Tioga, Delaware, Cortland and Tompkins counties and other areas of the state will support food and medicine delivery, transportation and social programs, as well as the fight against elder abuse and financial exploitation.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said about $ 149 million in federal aid was being distributed statewide to help older New Yorkers meet basic needs and stay at home, get vaccinated and slow the spread of the pandemic.
In a press release, the governor says the distribution recognizes the enormous economic and social contributions made by the elderly.
The South Level region is allocated $ 5,401,414. The Central New York region is allocated $ 5,563,927.
Governor Hochul says she is also seeking to modernize the Seniors Act to provide more sustained funding to meet the needs of the elderly as the elderly population grows.
Hochul says she aims to bring an additional $ 175 million to New York State while modernizing the system, drawing on lessons learned during the pandemic.