Several flagship, Florida-based organizations providing critical assistance to elder Floridians and disabled adults saw significant gains during the 2014 legislative session under the trusted leadership of House Chairman Matt Hudson and Senate Chair Denise Grimsley.
Beginning with the Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the Florida Council on Aging, these two organizations whose membership provides frail seniors and disabled adults with access to home and community-based care saw significant increases in funding – nearly $24 million, to provide services to persons on the waiting list for care.
By providing frail elders and disabled adults with just a little help – home-delivered meals, personal care, transportation, etc., through programs like Community Care for the Elderly and Alzheimer’s Disease Respite Care, Local Service Programs and others, Floridians can remain at home safely and with dignity, avoiding the need for more costly nursing home care.
Florida’s Coalition for the Homeless was also recognized for its efforts to increase the visibility of homelessness and the need for additional funding to prevent and solve the problem of homelessness, particularly for children and their families.
Supported by the efforts of Sen. Latvala and Rep. Kathleen Peters, the Florida Coalition for the Homeless and local continuums of care received $8.2 million in additional funding for services and advocacy on behalf of homeless Floridians. These increased dollars will be put to good use by Florida’s 20 local homeless continuums of care in their efforts to prevent homelessness and provide a “hand-up” to those that are homeless today.