Longview - The East Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center, a program of Community Healthcore, has been awarded COVID-19 relief funds 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 help fund rental and utility assistance, respite for caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, assist individuals leaving a nursing facility who are going back into the community, provide information about and referral to supports, and more.

 The global pandemic has caused a substantial increase in the need for these services. And yet, to help slow transmission of COVID-19, some agencies 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.

“Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, and other community-based organizations are working hard to expand capacity to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities during this extraordinary time,” said ADRC Program Manager Julie Myers. “These additional funds will allow for an incredible response at the state and local level to meet the needs of people who are facing some of the greatest risks during the COVID-19 emergency.”

East Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center serves 23 counties: Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood, Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, and Titus. For more information, call the toll-free number at 855-937-2372.

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