Texas Department of Agriculture: Texans Feeding Texans
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is excited about the upcoming 2022 Texans Feeding Texans Home Delivered Meals Grant (HDM) year. Even though the current year just started, TDA is already making plans for the upcoming year application process. Here are a few updates:
County Grant: 2020 census data will be published soon. The county grant is based on the county seniors as reported by the census. So that means the resolutions and amounts for the 2022 grant will be based on the new census data. If you plan on your resolutions done early, it is please be mindful that the minimum amounts per county are going to change. Once the census data is published, TDA will post a new table to the HDM web page: https://texasagriculture.gov/GrantsServices/TradeandBusinessDevelopment/HomeDeliveredMealsGrantProgram.aspx
2022 Grant application: TDA is moving to an online grant application system called TDA-GO to submit the 2022 application materials and will no longer accept emailed or mailed applications. The roll out of the new system is anticipated in Early July. There will be plenty of instruction documents and tutorial videos to help you.
AARP Update: Stimulus Payments for Recipients of Social Security and Other Benefits
Read this article here to learn about how the Stimulus Payments will reach Social Security recipients and other federal beneficiaries. AARP highlights that recipients of SSI, Social Security Old-Age retirement, Survivors or Disability Insurance, Railroad Retirement Board benefits, and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits will not need to take any additional steps to receive stimulus payments.
HHS Seeking Feedback on the Needs of Older Texans
HHS is seeking feedback from older adults, caregivers, and aging services providers to inform the 2022-2023 Aging Texas Well Strategic Plan, the state's plan for understanding and addressing the needs of older Texans.
Eligible survey participants include:
• Adults ages 50 and older
• People providing care to an older adult (50+)
• Organizations that provide services to older adults (50+).
The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2021. You are encouraged to share this information with anyone who may be interested. Click here to take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IdentifyingTXAgingPriorities
For questions, email AgeWellLiveWell@hhs.texas.gov
Administration for Community Living: Partnership with the CDC to Increase Access to Covid-19 Vaccines for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
CDC and ACL will provide nearly $100 million in grants to help older adults and people with disabilities get vaccines
President Biden has announced several actions to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, including an exciting partnership between ACL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase vaccine access for people with disabilities and older adults.
Because they are significantly more likely to have a severe illness, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19, vaccination is critical for older adults and many people with disabilities. However, even if they meet their state’s criteria to receive the vaccine, many face significant barriers to getting vaccinated. With funding from CDC, ACL will issue nearly $100 million in grants to the aging and disability networks to provide critical services to help overcome those barriers.
Throughout the pandemic, ACL has advocated alongside the aging and disability networks and advocates, and with partners across HHS and the federal government, to ensure equal access to care for older adults and people with disabilities. We are excited to partner with CDC to make vaccines equally accessible, as well.
Background: Vaccine Barriers for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Older adults are more likely to have a severe illness, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19; adults 65 and older account for 8 out of every 10 COVID-19 related deaths. People with disabilities also often are at increased risk; in fact, a recent study found that intellectual disability is the greatest risk factor after age. Many people with disabilities have additional conditions that are associated with severe illness due to COVID-19, and many others are at increased risk because they live in group settings, require close contact with direct service providers who help with activities of daily living, and/or have difficulty complying with mitigation protocols.
Although vaccination is particularly important for these populations, many people with disabilities and older adults have difficulty:
Finding information about their eligibility and where to go for the vaccine. Approximately one in four older adults does not have a computer or internet service to find information about how to get vaccinated and how to schedule appointments. Many live alone and do not have family who can help them.
Obtaining accessible transportation.
Navigating mass vaccination sites.
In addition, about one in five older adults and many people with disabilities may be unable to easily leave their homes and require either in-home vaccination or other specialized arrangements to receive the vaccine.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program
Application deadline: May 4, 2021
View details and instructions on Grants.gov
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has announced $30 million in grant funds and training resources to non-federal entities to establish the Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program. The grant program will assist experienced nonprofits, state and local governments, and public housing authorities in programs that make home modifications and limited repairs to meet the needs of low-income older adult homeowners.
The goal of the program is to help these homeowners "age in place" through low-cost, low barrier, high impact home modifications that:
Reduce the risk of falls.
Improve general safety.
Improve older adults' functional abilities in their homes.