Grantmakers in Aging has announced six grants totaling $544,000 to agencies serving older adults in the Gulf States region.
Awarded through GIA's Hurricane Fund for the Elderly initiative, the grants will support organizations from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi working to rebuild the aging-services infrastructure damaged or destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with a focus on projects that address intermediate and long-term services for older adults. In particular, the grants will bolster advocacy initiatives to ensure that the needs of older adults are addressed as the region undergoes massive reconstruction. In addition, the grants will support projects designed to strengthen the region's planning capacity, build partnerships, and address the staffing challenges of older adult services.
"All of us continue to be affected by the images of the physical damage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita," said GIA executive director Carol Farquhar. "What has been harder to see is the devastation the hurricanes caused in the region's intricate human service networks, particularly those that support older adults. These grants are the beginning of what we hope will be a sustained effort to rebuild the area's capacity to help elders get the health care and social services they require to live with dignity and independence."
For more information about the initiative and a complete list of grant recipients, visit the GIA Web site.