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Gov. Hochul's Latest Budget is Ageist: A Letter from 140+ Aging Service Providers

Dear Governor Hochul,

 

As it stands, the FY25 Executive Budget is an ageist document - which we believe is not the intent of your office. We have a number of concerns that illustrate a clear lack of consideration for the millions of older adults in New York, and that fail to recognize the reality that we are aging as a state. Those concerns are:


  •  Older New Yorkers were not meaningfully mentioned in the budget


  • 18,000 services denied to New Yorkers due to lack of adequate funding


  • Program cuts and unfunded mandates will cost services providers millions of dollars: $9.3 million cut services;  $2.5 million in cut LTCOP funding that was a legislative addition last year; $0 for the mandated rate increase to local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), leaving a $10 million shortfall that will necessitate local cuts to services.

 

The State has significant fiscal reserves and provided over $6 billion in additions to many service sectors. However,  the current budget allocation for the New York State Office for the Aging is less than 0.8% of the total budget, significantly below what is required to meet the growing needs in our communities. Here is what an age-inclusive budget needs to include:


  • An immediate $51 million to address wait lists for the over 18,000 services denied to New Yorkers due to lack of adequate funding. In order to fully fund services promised in the existing system, the true need is $252.5 million.


  • Recognition of the value and importance of these programs - these programs both improve quality of life AND save Medicaid dollars. NYSOFA programs serve individuals that would qualify for skilled nursing or assisted living care, in homes and communities for less than $10,000 per year on average for 6.5 years.

 

On behalf of the almost 5 million older adults and 4 million caregivers – nearly half of the population – who call New York State home, we write with ongoing and urgent concern for the lack of funding for safety net aging service programs, funded through the NYS Office for Aging (NYSOFA). We implore you to show a fiscal commitment to the millions of older New Yorkers that deserve autonomy, dignity and independence.

 

Signed,

 

50 Forward Mohawk Valley

Action for Older Persons

Aftercare Nursing Services

AHI (Adirondack Health Institute)

Albany County Department for Aging

Allegany County Office for the Aging

Allen Community Senior Citizen Centers

APNA Brooklyn Community Center

Association on Aging in New York 

Bay Ridge Center, Inc.

Benson Ridge Senior Services

Bronx House

Brooks Senior Center

Broome County Office for Aging

Caring Majority Rising

Carter Burden Network Inc.

Catholic Charities 

Catholic Charities Benson Ridge Senior Services

Catholic Charities Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services

Catskill Center for Independence

Cayuga County Office for the Aging

Cayuga County Office for the Aging Advisory Committee

CCBQ Glenwood Senior Center

CCNS Northside Senior Center

CCNS RIVERWAY OAC

CCNS The Lodge Older Adults Center

Chautauqua County Long Term Care Counsel 

Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services

Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) 

Citymeals on Wheels

Clinton County Office for the Aging

Columbia County Offce for the Aging

Commonpoint Queens

COTHOA Luncheon Club Inc.

Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels

ELMCOR YOUTH & ADULT ACTIVITIES INC

Encore Community Services

Essex County Government Center

Essex County Office for the Aging 

Foodnet Meals on Wheels

Fulton County Office for Aging and Youth

Grand St. Settlement

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Greenwich House

Hamilton-Madison House 

HANAC, Inc.

Heights and Hills

Henry Street Settlement

Herkimer County Office for the Aging/NY Connects

Herricks Senior Community Service center

Homecrest Community Services

Hope Senior Center, Inc.

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State

India Home inc

JACOB A RIIS NNORC

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement

JASA 

Jefferson County Office for the Aging

Jewish Board Family Children Services

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island

Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC of Staten Island 

KCS 

Laurel House Inc.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Lewis County Office for the Aging and NY Connects

Life Enrichment Center

Life Story Club

Lifespan

LiveOn NY

Livingston County Office for the Aging

Meals on Wheels of Staten Island

Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area

Mill Brook Terrace Older Adult Center

Millennium Development 

Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc.

Morningside Retirement and Health Services

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care

Narrows Older Adult Center/CCNS

Nascentia Health

Neighborhood SHOPP

New York State Alliance for Retired Americans 

North Country Home Services

Northside OAC

Ontario County Office for the Aging 

Orleans County Office for the Aging

Oswego County Office for the Aging

Otsego County Office for the Aging

Penn South Social Services, Inc.

Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC

Project FIND

Project Guardianship

Prospect hill senior service center 

Putnam County Office for Senior Resources

Queens Community House

R.A.I.N. INC

Rensselaer County Department of Aging

Ridgewood Older Adult Center and Services,Inc.

Riverdale Senior Services

Riverstone Senior Life Services

Rochdale Village Social Services Inc.

SAGE

Schoharie County Office for the Aging

Schuyler County Office for the Aging

Search and Care

Selfhelp Community Services

Seneca County Office for the Aging

Senior Citizens of Westbury, Inc.

Senior Projects of Ravena

Seniors Helping Seniors(R)

Service Program for Older People (SPOP)

Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc

Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation

South Butler Golden Friends Senior Citizens

Spanish Speaking Elderly Council - RAICES 

St. Charles Jubilee OAC

St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging

Star Older Adult Center

Steuben County Office for the Aging

Stonewall Community Development Corporation

Suffolk County Office for the Aging

Sullivan County Office for the Aging

Sunnyside Community Services 

The Faatz-Crofut Home for the Elderly

Tompkins County Office for the Aging

Ulster Coutny Office for the Aging

Union Settlement

United Jewish Council of the East Side, Inc.

University Settlement Society of New York

Village of Ames NY

Warren/Hamilton Counties OFA

Washington Heights Community Services, INC 

Wayne County Department of Aging and Youth

Wayne County Public Health

WCDAY

West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing 

Wilkinson RHCF

Wilna-Champion Transportation Association, Inc.

Wyoming County Office for the Aging

YM & YWHA of the Bronx, Inc. (Riverdale Y)

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood

 

Cc:

Kathryn Garcia

Priya Joshi

Stacy Lynch

Greg Olsen

Angela Profeta

Alyson Tarek

Blake Washington

NYS Senate Aging Chair Cordelle Cleare

NYS Assembly Aging Chair Ron Kim

Phil Fields

David Friedfel


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