In FY 2020, New York City must take the following actions to support older New Yorkers:
UNH advocates to include the second $10 million in promised senior center “model budget” funding and an investment of $20 million to support congregate meals and kitchen staff in senior centers.UNH supports the creation of a $10 million emergency repairs fund for senior centers in need of capital and expense budget repairs and building improvements.
Meals and nutrition programs
UNH urges the city to invest $15 million in the DFTA Home Delivered Meal program to continue providing daily meals to homebound seniors.
UNH advocates for to baseline the $1 million increase in NORC funding from FY 2019, ensure Council Discretionary funding continues to fund the current NORC programs, and add an additional $750,000 to cover nursing services required in NORC contracts.
Geriatric Mental Health
UNH supports the increase the Geriatric Mental Health Initiative from $1.9 million to $2.5 million to support these services, and support the administration’s $1.7 million add to Geriatric Mental Health services.
Proper Funding for Services
UNH advocate to restore both the Healthy Aging Initiative at FY2019 level of $2.04 million and the Support Our Seniors Initiative at FY2019 level of $4.08 million to continue providing supports.