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NYC Serves Up Budget Increase for Senior Meals, But Program Still Starved for Funding; Seniors Win Big on Housing Budget

Posted on 06/17/19

AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in response to the FY2020 $92.8 billion New York City budget released today:

“New York City serves up 13 million meals a year through senior centers and home delivered meals to our older neighbors. Many seniors count on these meals as their main meal of the day. For years, the city has been shortchanging nonprofits who serve these meals, paying them 20 percent below the national average per meal in a city with much higher than average costs.

“Today, the city increased funding for senior meals by $11.7 million. That’s good news, but not good enough. AARP New York, along with many advocates and senior providers had called on the city to increase funding by $35 million.

“We are grateful to Councilmember Margaret Chin, who has consistently advocated for older New Yorkers. We are also grateful to Speaker Johnson and the entire City Council for putting up a last minute fight to get seniors and the nonprofits that serve them full funding for senior meals. Fighting for more funding will remain a priority for us next year and we hope to see full baselined funding in the FY2021 budget.

“On the housing front, seniors won big, with a $275 million allocation over three years. We hope to see all this funding allocated and housing projects coming online as soon as possible. Seniors represent the fastest growing demographic and housing is their number one concern. We need to do everything we can to help seniors age in place in the city they built and love.”

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