$22.9 Million in Baselined Funding Added to DFTA for Senior Services in the Year of the Senior

YOU did it!

YOU made 2017 the Year of the Senior!  

$22.9 Million in Baselined Funding for Senior Services

What is happening?

  • The final city budget was passed on June 6, 2017. LiveOn NY is thrilled to announce that the Administration/Mayor included a remarkable influx of $22.9 million of baselined funding allocated for the Department for the Aging (DFTA) programs.  This is an historic addition of funding and is the most successful increase in 15 years.  In addition, City Council allocated over $21 million for senior services, plus additional senior program specific funding through Schedule C allocations. 

How does the city provide funding for aging service programs in the budget?

  • Both the Administration and City Council allocate funding for programs in the annual budget, including funding for DFTA programs.
  • When the Administration allocates funding, it is typically “baselined” meaning it remains in the budget year after year and becomes part of DFTA’s ongoing operating budget, which was approximately $346 million last year (which includes city, state and federal funding). 
  • City Council’s allocated funding is discretionary and is funded on a year-to-year basis.
  • For many years, baselined funding for DFTA programs was stagnant, despite the exponentially growing aging population, and in some years there were cuts. These decades of underfunding resulted in growing wait lists for services, senior centers in disrepair, and no community-based safety net for older New Yorkers. This also required City Council to add one-year funding each year for many of DFTA’s core senior service programs like senior centers, case management, home care and others.  While this City Council funding was so crucial and so appreciated, it was no way to build the infrastructure to support New York City’s aging population.
  • That’s why LiveOn NY, along with a strong coalition of aging advocates including AARP, CaringKind, CityMeals on Wheels, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), UJA Federation New York and United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) developed a $60.6 million FY18 budget request, specifically calling upon the Administration to baseline funding for core senior services, so that the funding will continue to build the infrastructure for DFTA programs.

How was the FY18 funding allocated? 

FY18 – YEAR OF THE SENIOR

*To see a complete list of all of FY18 City Council funding through Schedule C, click here.

What are some key highlights in the Year of the Senior?

  • The $4,000,000 for Caregiving Programs is a brand new funding stream, which begins a city investment in caregivers.
  • Social adult day care received an increase from FY17.
  • The NYC Support our Seniors funding increased by $1,060,000 from FY17.
  • The baselined funding for home care and case management is an investment to address the thousands of seniors on waitlists.
  • In addition, after a very strong campaign led by the Human Services Council (HSC), the city announced additional allocations to “right size” contracts for human services organizations.  According to the HSC budget statement statement, the FY18 budget included the following provisions: "$88 million to bring indirect cost reimbursement rates to 10 percent over five years, beginning with a $17.6 million investment this year; $22.7 million to support a model budget process that will address salary disparities for preventive services, senior centers, services for runaway and homeless youth, and adult protective services, with plans for additional model budget processes in fiscal years 2019 and 2020; and  $90 million to fund cost-of-living adjustments for the human services workforce at a rate of 2 percent per year over the next three years remains."   Council Member Helen Rosenthal was also strong advocate for these issues.

How did we make this the Year of the Senior?  It was a TEAM effort!

  • Last summer, City Council Aging Chair Margaret Chin declared 2017 the Year of the Senior, setting the stage for year- long advocacy campaign. Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Subcommittee on Senior Centers, also worked closely with Council Member Chin in these efforts. City Council staff members were also instrumental in this important work.
  • Seniors citywide and LiveOn NY members sent an astounding total of 22,000 letters to the Mayor, Speaker and Council Members urging them to fund senior services. Click here to see a list of the organizations that took part in the letter writing campaign. Over 350 seniors also attended Advocacy Day at City Hall in May, and hundreds more also attended hearings, made calls, held events at their centers and programs and advocated year round showing the amazing momentum seniors provide to this city.
  • DFTA Commissioner Donna Corrado was a strong advocate for the importance of investing in senior services across the spectrum, from senior centers, to meals, to home care, to mental health services for elder abuse victims, to case management and other programs.
  • All City Council Members and staff, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Committe Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, staunchly advocated for senior services in hearings and meetings in the Year of the Senior and also included the aging advocates' $60.6 million budget request in the Council Budget Response. 
  • Mayor de Blasio and the Administration listened to and clearly heard the importance of investing in seniors. 
  • The coalition of aging advocates along with LiveOn NY member agencies worked year round to advocate for this funding, holding briefings, attending hearings, holding hundreds of meeting with City Council and the Administration, press conferences and other events to talk about the incredible momentum seniors provide to the city and how important it is to invest in aging services.  

What’s next?

  • Today we celebrate – but our work is not done.  We will continue to advocate to make each year the Year of the Senior.  Stay tuned for Action Alerts and news so that you can stay involved in our efforts.

Contact Bobbie Sackman, Associate Executive Director of Public Policy at 212-398-6565 x226 or  bsackman@liveon-ny.org or or Andrea Cianfrani, Deputy Director of Public Policy at acianfrani@liveon-ny.org or 212-398-6565 X233

LiveOn NY Recognizes City Letter Writing Campaign Advocates

Year of the Senior

The following organizations and programs participated in LiveOn NY’s Year of the Senior letter writing campaign to advocate for more funding for senior services. This thank you certificate is not only on behalf of LiveOn NY but these organizations and the clients of whom your investment will impact.

Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center

Community Agency for Senior Citizens (CASC)

Catholic Charities Bayside Senior Center

Catholic Charities Glenwood Senior Center

Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center

Catholic Charities Narrows Senior Center

Catholic Charities Northeast Queens Home Delivered Meal Program

Catholic Charities Northside Senior Center

Catholic Charities Ozone Park Senior Center

Catholic Charities Pete McGuinness Senior Center

Catholic Charities Seaside Rockaway Senior Center

Catholic Charities St. Charles Jubilee Center

Catholic Charities the Bay Senior Center

Catholic Charities the Lodge Senior Center

Catholic Charities West Brighton Senior Center

Catholic Charities Woodhaven Senior Center

COTHOA Luncheon Club

Chinese-American Planning Council Brooklyn CSI Services

DOROT, Inc.

Elmcore Youth & Adult Activities Lefrak Senior Citizens Center

Hamilton Madison City Hall Senior Center

HANAC Angelo Petromelis Senior Center

Heights and Hills Park Slope Senior Citizens Center

Henry Street Good Companions Senior Center

Henry Street Vladek NORC

Homecrest Sheepshead Bay Senior Center

Homecrest Bensonhurst Senior Center

Hope of Israel Senior Citizens Center

India Home

JASA Bay Eden Senior Center

JASA Brookdale Village Senior Center

JASA Club 76 Senior Center

JASA Cooper Park Senior Center

JASA Dreiser Senior Center

JASA Rockaway Park Senior Center

JASA Roy Reuther Senior Center

JASA Shorefront Senior Center

JASA Starrett City Senior Center

JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center

JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center

JCC of Greater Coney Island

JCC Haber Houses Senior Center

JCC Engage

JCC of Staten Island Innovative Senior Center

JSPOA Shelton House Social Club

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Mary McLeod Bethune Senior Center

NY Foundation for Senior Citizens Mott Street Senior Center

NY Foundation for Senior Citizens Laguardia Houses

NY Foundation for Senior Citizens Dyckman Senior Center

RAICES Gowanus Senior Center

RAIN Bailey Senior Center

Ridgewood Bushwick Diana H. Jones Senior Center

Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center

Ridgewood Bushwick Palmetto Gardens Senior Center

Ridgewood Bushwick Roudtable Senior Center

Ridgewood Older Adult Center & Services, Inc. (ROAC)

Riverdale Senior Services Center

Riverdale YM-YWHA

Polish & Slavic John Paul Friendship II Senior Center

Polish & Slavic Krakus Senior Center

Project FIND Clinton Senior Center

Project FIND Coffeehouse

Project FIND Hamilton Senior Center

Project FIND Woodstock Senior Center

Presbyterian Senior Services City Island Senior Center

Presbyterian Senior Services Davidson Senior Center

Presbyterian Senior Services Manhattanville-Riverside Senior Center

Presbyterian Senior Services Parkside Senior Center

Presbyterian Senior Services Andrew Jackson Senior Center

Queens Community House Case Management & Home Delivered Meal Programs

Queens Community House Kew Gardens

Queens Community House Pomonok Senior Center

Queens Community House Center for Gay Seniors

SelfHelp Austin Street Senior Center

Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Innovative Senior Center

Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center

Selfhelp Maspeth Senior Center

Senior Citizens League of Flatbush

SHOPP Guess Neighborhood Senior Center

SNAP Brookville Senior Center

SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center

Stanley Isaacs Senior Center

Sunnyside Community Services

United Methodist Church Brooks Senior Center

University Settlement Neighborhood House

VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired at Selis Manor

Wayside Tompkins Park Senior Center

WSFSSH The Center at The Red Oak

William Hodson Senior Center

Young Israel of Forest Hills Senior League

FY18 City Budget Update: $22.8 Million in Baselined Funding for Senior Services in the Year of the Senior!!!

After spending the entire day at City Hall Friday to continue to advocate for senior services funding, LiveOn NY was on hand into the night to witness the “budget handshake” between Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, signaling an agreement on the FY18 City budget.

While details are still being discussed, and a final vote on the entire budget is expected this week, LiveOn NY was pleased that Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito announced an influx of $22.8 million baselined dollars for senior services funding in the FY18 budget.  A City Council announcement Friday night highlighted this funding with the following graphic:      

In addition, the city announced an additional allocation of $30 million in FY18 growing to $104 million in FY22 to provide enhanced resources and support to nonprofit service providers. Again, more details will be coming soon on this allocation as well as all the funding announced at the press conference.

LiveOn NY members were a vital part of the team that advocated for this funding, having sent an amazing 21,000 letters to Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito and their Council Members over the last 2 months, in addition to over 300 seniors attending Advocacy Day at City Hall in May.  This is an incredible show of strength of the aging network and older New Yorkers, and our members played an active and successful role in winning this funding.

LiveOn NY especially acknowledges the leadership of City Council Aging Committee Chair and champion Margaret Chin for her persistence and fierce advocacy, and who one year ago delcared that this would be the Year of the Senior.  LiveOn NY also thanks Mayor de Blasio, Department for the Aging (DFTA) Commissioner Donna Corrado and the City Council under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Subcommittee on Senior Centers Chair Paul Vallone. Led by Council Members Chin and Vallone, the entire City Council was instrumental in making this the Year of the Senior.

As always, we will need to gather more specifics on this funding to understand how it will be implemented, but LiveOn NY views this announcement as an important recognition of both the need for funding to allow seniors to thrive in their communities, as well as an understanding of the work senior service agencies do to make New York a better place to age.  LiveOn NY will be gathering further details and will keep you apprised of specifics in the upcoming months.

Thank you for your partnership in advocacy and being part of this important work.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council Members at budget handshake Press Conference on June 2, 2017.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council Members at budget handshake Press Conference on June 2, 2017.

For more information, contact Bobbie Sackman, Associate Executive Director of Public Policy at  bsackman@liveon-ny.org or 212-398-6565 X226 or Andrea Cianfrani, Deputy Director of Public Policy at acianfrani@liveon-ny.org or 212-398-6565 X233.

LiveOn NY Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15, 2017

Join LiveOn NY as we recognize:

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 
Thursday June 15, 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

LiveOn NY joins efforts in New York and nationwide on Thursday June 15, 2017 to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  See below for information, resources and ideas on how you can be part of the efforts to support victims and service providers, as well as be part of the solution to address this problem.

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Website: run through the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment, this informative site includes toolkits, banners, signs, events in your community and more.
  • Connect with the NYPD in your community on June 15:  Click here to see where the NYPD Domestic Violence Unit Chief and Officers will be citywide on June 15 as part of their community outreach efforts on elder abuse. Staff and volunteers from LiveOn NY's Senior Medicare Patrol program will also join the NYPD at many of these precinct outreach events on June 15 - we hope to see you there citywide!
  • Connect with the DFTA Elder Abuse services provider in your borough to learn about services and training. Borough-based elder abuse services providers can be found on DFTA’s website by clicking here or dialing 311 and asking for help with elder abuse in your borough.
  • Click here to print out the poster form the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) and display and distribute it so others can learn about how to report elder abuse and connect to resources through 311. 
  • Learn about the Senior Medicare Patrol: The New York Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is part of a nationwide education and assistance program working to empower seniors and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud and waste. You can report suspected problems to SMP hotline at 1-877-678-4697. LiveOn NY’s staff and trained volunteers work to correct errors and report abuse of the Medicare system to government authorities. Click here to learn more. 
  •  Attend the JASA 12th Annual NYC Elder Abuse Conference, which takes place onWednesday June 14, 2017 and feature keynote speaker Liz Loewy, General Counsel at EverSafe; Pioneering Legal Expert, Author and Lecturer in the field of Elder Justice. Click here for the full agenda and to register today.
  •  Visit LiveOn NY's Elder Abuse Resources page for links to research and advocacy news year round.

Have an event or resource you'd like to add?  Let Andrea know at acianfrani@liveon-ny.org.

Thank you for helping us make New York a better place to age.