The Older Americans Act and Title III Funding
AASCC allocates federal Older Americans Act funds to support community-based and in-house services for older adults.
Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965 in response to concern by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons. Although older individuals may receive services under many other federal programs, today the OAA is considered to be the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to this group and their caregivers.
The purpose of Title III of the OAA is to encourage and assist state and local agencies in the development of comprehensive and coordinated in-home and community based long-term services for older adults (age 60 and older). Approximately 70% of Older Americans Act Funds (almost 1.4 billion) support Title III Programs nationwide.
The goals of Title III programs are as follows:
- To secure and maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment with appropriate supportive services
- To remove individual and social barriers to economic and personal independence
- To provide a continuum of care for vulnerable older adults