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File #: 1726-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/22/2021 In control: Veterans & Senior Affairs Committee
On agenda: 7/19/2021 Final action: 7/22/2021
Title: To accept and authorize an appropriation in the amount of $300,000.00 to the Recreation and Parks Grant Fund for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging in connection with the Alzheimer's Respite and Senior Volunteer programs; and to declare an emergency. ($300,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 1726 2021
Explanation

Background:
This legislation will authorize an acceptance and appropriation of grant funds in connection with the Alzheimer's Respite and Senior Volunteer programs.

The Alzheimer’s Respite Program provides a break for caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. In-home care and adult day care are provided through certified service providers. The program is funded through The Ohio Department of Aging. COAAA serves approximately 2,000 caregivers in eight counties. Emphasis is given to individuals with low income and minorities.

Senior Volunteer is pass through funding to selected agencies by the Ohio Department on Aging. The program consists of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Senior Companion, and the Foster Grandparent Program.

RSVP - 55 and over volunteers are linked with various organizations to provide volunteer service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and abilities.
Senior Companion - 60 and over volunteers are linked with other seniors to enrich the lives of those that have been identified as socially isolated. Volunteers are paid an hourly stipend for their volunteer work.
Foster Grandparent - 60 and over volunteers are paired with at risk youth in the Columbus community. The goal is to help children to do better in school.

Grant funds are being made available to the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging from the Ohio Department of Aging for the period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

EMERGENCY DESIGNATION:
Emergency action is being requested so that grant funds can be awarded to various agencies in a timely manner and that services to older adults can continue beyond June 30, 2021.

Fiscal Impact:
To accept and appropriate the amount of $300,000.00 to the Recreation and Parks department for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. This appropriation will enable the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging to continue various programs as required by the granting agency during FY2021-2022.


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