April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $8 Million in HHS Grants for Seniors, People With Disabilities

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of $8,743,717 in grants to Nevada from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The grants will fund services including home-delivered meals, care in the home, respite care, and other support to families and caregivers.

“Nevada’s vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities are especially at risk during this pandemic, as supports that used to assist them with daily living are now less accessible,” said the Senators. “With the funds that we approved in the CARES Act, Nevada communities throughout the state, including in our tribal communities, will be better able to provide crucial services to help families during this difficult time. We’ll continue to work to promote the health and welfare of all Nevadans during this crisis.”


Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen voted for the CARES Act, which provides supplemental funding for programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Through these programs, a network of community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits provide a vast array of resources and services to help older adults and people with disabilities stay healthy and live independently in their communities across the United States.

The need for these services has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed locations where many people typically receive services and made it difficult for families to assist loved ones who live alone. In addition, the adaptations necessary to provide these services in the current environment have increased costs to service providers.

The HHS grants will go to support programs as follows:  

  • $1,735,540 for supportive services
  • $4,165,297 for home-delivered meals
  • $854,871 for caregiver support
  • $173,554 for OAA ombudsman
  • $873,160 for tribal communities
  • $941,295 for centers for independent living

Nevada communities and organizations receiving funds include the following:

  • $470,071 to the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  • $471,254 to the Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living
  • $61,600 to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
  • $61,600 to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
  • $54,240 to the Walker River Paiute Tribe
  • $88,920 to the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
  • $47,810 to the Yerington Paiute Tribe
  • $61,600 to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
  • $54,240 to the Elko Band Council
  • $54,240 to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
  • $54,240 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. (Battle Mountain)
  • $47,810 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. (Ely)
  • $47,810 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. (Moapa)
  • $47,810 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. (Duckwater, Goshute)
  • $47,810 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. (Yomba)
  • $47,810 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. (Fort McDermitt)
  • $47,810 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. (Lovelock)
  • $47,810 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. (South Fork)