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DeFazio Announces Support for Oregon’s Older Americans in American Rescue Plan

May 6, 2021
Press Release
COVID-19 Relief Bill to provide $18,694,801 for Oregon Seniors

Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) announced the release of $18,694,801 in funding for critical Older Americans Act programs as part of the American Rescue Plan he strongly supported. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have had an outsized effect on our nation’s seniors,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “As a trained gerontologist, I know the tremendous positive impact of the critical programs the Older Americans Act provides. I’m proud to have supported a bill that supports not only seniors’ physical health, but their emotional well-being as well."                                                           

As Older Americans Month begins, this funding focuses on programs to support Oregon seniors, with an emphasis on much-needed pandemic relief, including:

  • $9.9M for meals for older adults in Oregon;
  • $6.1M for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) through the Older Americans Act, supporting older Americans to age with dignity and safety in their homes and communities;
  • $584,128 for evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention in Oregon;
  • $1.9M to help family caregivers support their loved ones; and
  • $132,756 to safeguard the health and welfare of residents in Oregon’s long-term care facilities.

DeFazio and House Democrats have led the fight to deliver much needed help to seniors and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to delivering $1.4 billion in funding for Older Americans Act programs through the American Rescue Plan, DeFazio and House Democrats ensured critical investments in the health, safety and financial security of older Americans. The American Rescue Plan increased funding to vaccinate Oregon seniors, ensure they can afford their homes and utilities, put food on the table and more.