All DC residents age 60 and older are eligible for a range of community-based services provided by nonprofit agencies in the Senior Service Network and funded in part through the DC Office on Aging (DCOA). The DCOA’s budget is comprised of local and federal dollars, and its mission is aligned with that of the federal Older Americans Act. The federal share of the budget, a small portion of the total, is targeted to federally-mandated services, such as home-delivered and congregate meals. Local dollars are added to the Federal share to support such services like transportation, home care, adult day services, counseling and social work, care management, wellness programs, and legal services.
Thanks in large part to the advocacy efforts of the DC Senior Advisory Coalition and other members of the community, we have begun to reverse a decades-long slide in funding for the Office on Aging and its grantee agencies. Still, even with this increase in funding and increase in the older adult population in the District, the entire budget for the DC Office on Aging is less than 1% of the District’s budget.
A substantial increase in FY 16 funding for DCOA will complete the third year of a three-year S.A.C. plan to increase support for essential services for older adults in the District.
Goal: The overarching goal of the DCOA work group is to improve the public’s access to and the delivery of DCOA-funded services for older DC residents and their caregivers.