Rep. Axne Welcomes $8.8 Million in Grants to Help Seniors and Iowans with Disabilities Through Coronavirus Outbreak

April 21, 2020
Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) welcomed $8,848,039 in federal investments to help meet the needs of older Iowans and people with disabilities during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The new grants, disbursed through the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL), will fund home-delivered meals, in-home care services, information and referral services, and other support to families and caregivers.

“With the spread of coronavirus among high-risk groups like older Iowans, our seniors and those living with disabilities need our support now more than ever,” said Rep. Axne. “By supporting these programs, we take steps to ensure Iowa’s most vulnerable populations still receive essential services and protections during this pandemic. I will continue fighting in Washington to bring additional funding back to Iowa to help mitigate the impacts of this crisis.”

The grants will fund local services provided through programs created by the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). Funding for these grants was appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed unanimously by Congress late last month.

The funds released for Iowa include:

  • $4,702,984 for OAA Home-Delivered Meals, which can expand pick-up and delivery meals for those who typically would participate in programs at community centers.
  • $1,959,577 for OAA Supportive Services, including help with household chores, grocery shopping, and transportation to essential services.
  • $993,985 for OAA Caregiver Support to expand services that help family and informal caregivers provide support for their loved ones at home.
  • $941,295 for Centers for Individual Living to provide direct and immediate support and services to individuals with disabilities who are experiencing disruptions to their independent, community-based living due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • $195,958 for the State Long-term Care Ombudsman in providing consumer advocacy services for residents of long-term care facilities.
  • $54,240 for the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa through OAA Title VI Tribal funds.

Through these programs, a network of community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits provide a vast array of resources and services to help older adults and people with disabilities stay healthy and live independently in their communities across the United States.