Through a competitive procurement process, the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging annually provides approximately $6.5 million in federal Older Americans Act (OAA) funding to some 50 provider partner organizations. MAAA awards funds for services for older adults in greatest need of publicly funded support. Funding awards are reported in our annual reports. Funding is generally provided in the following categories:
- Caregiver support/respite services – Contact: Leanna Smith
- Chore/homemaker services – Contact: Lisa Sawyer
- Health promotion and disease prevention services – Contact: Gaoly Yang
- Grocery shopping and delivery services – Contact: Lisa Sawyer
- Legal services and education – Contact: Gaoly Yang
- Self-directed services – Contact: Leanna Smith
- Senior nutrition services – Contact: Lisa Sawyer
- Special access and outreach services – Contact: Gaoly Yang
- Transportation services – Contact: Gaoly Yang
The Administration on Aging (part of the Administration for Community Living) is the principal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
To meet the diverse needs of the growing numbers of older persons in the United States, President Johnson signed the OAA into law on July 14, 1965. The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designated to help them live independently in their homes and communities.
In 1973, the OAA formally established Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) as the “on-the-ground” organizations charged with ensuring that local needs and preferences are considered and that the resulting local delivery system is tailored to the community. AAAs work to address identified needs through the funding of local services and through advocacy.