Albany – Joan L. Millman announced that the State’s emergency budget extender passed this week will fully restore Title XX funding, which can be used by the City for adult protective services, domestic violence programs, and other approved projects. In the past, New York City has directed Title XX funding for approved projects to operating community based senior centers that provide a myriad of services, such as meals, transportation and case management.
“These Title XX funds will be sufficient to keep New York City senior centers open,” said Millman. “In the Assembly District I represent, the City has threatened to close the Gowanus Senior Center, along with numerous senior centers citywide. The Gowanus Senior Center has a positive impact on many people’s lives and closing it would have serious consequences on their health and well being.”
Millman continued, “Now we need confirmation from the Bloomberg administration that these Title XX funds will be dedicated to continuing the high standard of service that the Gowanus Senior Center and others throughout the City have exemplified. I urge Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council to allocate these funds to senior centers, as the City has traditionally chosen to do.”
The Governor’s previous budget proposal contained devastating cuts to Title XX funds, leaving many of the City’s senior centers and programs in limbo. In anticipation of the loss of funding, the New York City Department for the Aging issued a decision to close over 50 senior centers citywide. Thanks to the State’s restoration of a total of $150 million in Title XX funds, up to $25 million will be available for use to fund City senior centers.