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ARC Allocates $3.4 Million in Federal Pandemic Relief Funds to Help Older Residents in Metro Atlanta

Atlanta — Jul 27, 2020

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) today announced that it has disbursed $3.4 million in federal pandemic relief funds to expand the number of older individuals across metro Atlanta receiving a range of critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of the CARES Act passed by Congress.

The funding will enable ARC to expand the number of people receiving services through its partners in several key areas:

  • Social services and wellness support, including a new service providing emergency aid for materials such as groceries, personal care items, and technological tools that help people to perform daily activities
  • Nutrition services such as home-delivered meals and food boxes

In the last fiscal year (FY19), ARC’s county and nonprofit partners served 137,386 individuals. The new funding allows for a 22% increase in funding for aging services and will help meet the increased critical needs of older people during the pandemic.

In addition, ARC will use the funds to expand some of the services that the agency provides directly, including coaching for individuals living in affordable housing with behavioral health needs and the launch of a volunteer-staffed telephone reassurance program to combat social isolation.

The funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress to protect Americans from COVID-19’s public health and economic impacts. As the federally designated Area Agency on Aging, ARC receives federal funding and partners within Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties.

“The generosity of Congress during this time means a great deal to our work,” said Becky Kurtz, managing director of ARC’s Aging & Independence Services. “CARES Act funding, combined with funding from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, passed earlier this year, represent a significant increase in the ability of ARC and our partners to provide services to older persons in our region.  This population is disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so the resources have been badly needed.”

ARC Allocated the Following CARES Act Funds

Cherokee County Senior Services $173,369
Clayton County Senior Services $190,695
Cobb County Senior Services $477,399
DeKalb County Office of Aging $594,467
Douglas County Senior Services $112,980
Fayette Senior Services $109,636
Fulton County Department of Senior Services $767,047
Gwinnett County Senior Services $528,632
Henry County Senior Services $156,765
Rockdale County Senior Services $86,589
Atlanta Legal Aid Society $26,000
Center for Pan Asian Community Services $114,000
Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability $103,000
TOTAL $3,440,579.00

ARC’s Empowerline provides trained phone and online counselors who continue to help older individuals and their caregivers to get their needs met at empowerline.org and 404-463-3333.

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 73 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

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Contact Name: Kate Sweeney
Contact Phone: 404-314-7863
Contact Email: ksweeney@atlantaregional.org

NOTICE: Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health emergency declaration and a statewide shelter-in-place order for older adults and medically fragile residents through June 12.

The Atlanta Regional Commission office at 229 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, is closed to the public until further notice. All employees are working remotely and conducting business operations. ARC employees can be contacted directly during normal business hours. However, if you need immediate assistance call 404-463-3100.

If you are seeking resources for older persons and individuals with disabilities, contact us at404-463-3333 or visit empowerline.org.

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