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ARC Allocates $13 Million in Funding for Aging and Independence Services across Region

Posted on: Mar 29, 2018

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded nearly $13 million in federal and state funds to organizations that provide services to older people, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers.

The funding will help people remain independent and stay in their homes and communities, avoiding costly institutional settings such as nursing homes.

The awards were given to 10 local organizations and five regional specialty agencies. ARC, as the federally designated Area Agency on Aging, solicits partners to deliver services including personal care, in-home respite, homemaking, home-delivered and congregate meals, senior recreation, case management, transportation, assistive technology, and legal assistance.

“This funding is critical to support efforts across the region that enable people to remain in their homes and lead more satisfying, self-reliant lives,” said Becky Kurtz, manager of ARC’s Aging and Independence Services.

Helping Older Adults Care for Loved Ones with Developmental Disabilities

To get a sense of how these funds help the community, here’s a look at Georgia Community Support & Solutions (GCSS), one of five regional specialty agencies awarded funding grants by ARC.

Photo of two women at an annual picnic held by Georgia Community Support & Solutions
An annual picnic held by Georgia Community Support & Solutions

GCSS received $80,000 to support in-home respite assistance for people age 60 and older who care for loved ones with developmental disabilities. Older adults in this situation face many challenges: They may be caring for other family members as well, such as an aging spouse; they may have strained financial resources; and they might find it a struggle physically to provide a high level of care.

This funding helps GCSS send trained, experienced caregivers to families, providing temporary help. These visits offer welcome assistance and relief for family caregivers, as visits give them much-needed personal downtime. They also allow the individual being cared for to remain in a familiar home environment rather than going to a facility, which also reduces cost.

“This funding will aid in providing additional relief to our caregivers in the greater Atlanta area,” said Mikenda Early, a respite volunteer with GCSS. “Providing in-home respite allows them to focus on often neglected personal needs while caring for their loved ones.” 

ARC allocated the following awards:

Cherokee County Senior Services: $754,760
Clayton County Senior Services: $689,083
Cobb County Senior Services: $1,761,721
DeKalb County Office of Aging: $2,107,612
Douglas County Senior Services: $487,362
Fayette Senior Services: $500,067
Fulton County Senior Services: $2,854,371
Gwinnett County Senior Services: $1,886,219
Henry County Senior Services : $650,516
Rockdale County Senior Services: $372,568
Georgia Community Support & Solutions: $80,000
Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage & Disability: $42,000
Atlanta Legal Aid Society: $255,000
Center for Pan Asian Community Services $264,282
Visiting Nurse Health System: $75,000


For information and referrals about services and supports for older adults and persons with disabilities, in the 10-county Atlanta region visit or call 404-463-3333.