Feds trim funds for Agency on Aging
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer
The Southern Area Agency on Aging will receive roughly 4 to 5 percent less federal funding for home-delivered meals, congregate meals and transportation for in-home services in the upcoming fiscal year.
The cuts totaling about $76,000 are due to sequestration, according Teresa Carter Fontaine, SAAA’s executive director, and information she provided. Sequestration refers to mandated federal spending cuts across most departments and agencies.
Fontaine said SAAA recently received its funding level for the federal fiscal year that will start Oct. 1 (fiscal year 2014). It shows reductions of about $35,000, or 5 percent, for home-delivered meals; about $15,000, or about 4.75 percent, for congregate meals (at community sites); and about $26,000, or about 4 percent, in funds used primarily for transportation for in-home services.