New Millage Services for 2015
Did you know that four new programs have been added to Kent County Senior Millage services for 2015? In addition to priority services such as home delivered meals, in-home care and transportation, the Millage will now also provide housing coordination, aging in place classes, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and Health Net Dental services. Click here for more information on all 50 unique services, including those new for 2015.
Voters Approve Kent County Senior Millage
Thank you to Kent County voters for passing a renewal and increase to the Kent County Senior Millage. This will help address the needs of the older adult population in Kent County. For more information on the Millage, including services funded, program qualifications and more, visit
Senior Millage Letters of Intent Process Closed
The Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent for 2015 funding were due to AAAWM on July 31, 2014. Submitted letters will now be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC). Agencies will be notified by August 15, 2014 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 15, 2014. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 13, 14, or 15, 2014.
Organizations interested in Kent County Senior Millage funding for 2016 may submit their information in July of 2015. For more details on the process, visit providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers
For those who use an absentee ballot, the Kent County Senior Millage question is on the back. Be sure to turn over the ballot to help support senior services in Kent County. For more information on the Millage, visit www.kentseniormillage.com.
Kent County Senior Millage and Upcoming Election
The August 5 election is coming up quickly and, in addition to the Kent County Senior Millage, a number of issues and candidates will be on the ballot. Because many of us live, work, and spend time in a variety of places, it can get a bit confusing as to who and what will actually be on your ballot when you go to vote. Fortunately, the Michigan Voter Information Center has put together a website that you can use to see exactly what will be on your ballot on election day. Visit https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/SelectPublicBallot.aspx and select the County, Jurisdiction, and Precinct where you live, and it will show you what your ballot will include on August 5. This is not an official ballot and cannot be used for voting, but can help you prepare before you go to the polls.
Senior Millage Letter of Intent and Continuation of Funding Forms
AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2015 Kent County Senior Millage funds from new agencies or those adding a new service. Current service providers will recieve Continuation of Funding forms on Agusut 15, 2014. More information on each funding process is listed below:
Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent:
Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. Click here for the Letter of Intent. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the AAAWM office building at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to email@example.com. Questions will not be answered outside this meeting, however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared on the website or to provided emails. Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.
Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).
Agencies will be notified by August 15, 2014 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 15, 2014. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 13, 14, or 15, 2014. Please save those dates to insure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.
Kent County Senior Millage Continuation Funding Forms:
Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms on August 15, 2014. Current service providers will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.
The 2015 funding level is expected to be at $9.5 million.
Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities. To learn more go to the Resource section at providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers.
Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.
Kent County Senior Millage Renewal
The Kent County Senior Millage will be on the ballot on August 5, 2014. Click on the infographic for more information on how the Millage is benefiting the community and what a 'yes' vote will mean for seniors in Kent County.
The Kent County Senior Millage: Aging with Dignity
If you could age anywhere, where would it be? Would you opt for a warmer climate? Live with family? Move into a facility? According to multiple studies, over 90% of seniors want to age in their own homes instead of going into a nursing home. For those that live in Kent County, the Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) may be able to make that possible.
The goal of the KCSM is to help Kent County residents age 60 and over stay in their own homes instead of going into a nursing home. In 2014, the KCSM will provide 45 different programs to help make aging in place a reality for older adults.
The KCSM provides a wide variety of options including in-home care, home repair, healthy aging programs, senior centers, home delivered meals and transportation. Programs either help people remain in their own homes with the care they need or help them remain active and involved in the community.
Now in its 16th year, the KCSM served over 17,000 seniors in 2013 alone. Of those served, 70% reported having low incomes and 60% reported living alone. Without the help of the KCSM, these older adults would likely end up in a nursing home.
“The Kent County Senior Millage has been a huge benefit to our community and for the dignity and independence of our seniors,” says Jackie O’Connor, Assistant Director at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, the agency that administers the KCSM.
Unfortunately, the increasing senior population and the decrease in revenue generated from the KCSM (due to reduced property tax values) and State and Federal funding has led to waiting lists for many essential programs like home delivered meals, in-home care and transportation.
On August 5, 2014 voters will be asked to renew and increase the KCSM which will cost the average homeowner an additional $13 a year (based on a $160,000 home) or $17 a year (based on a $200,000 home). This increase will help provide additional services to address the growing older adult population as well as the increased waiting lists.
To find out more information, including how to get involved, schedule a presentation to a local group, or details on the campaign, contact (616) 222-7032 or www.kentseniormillage.com.
Kent County Senior Millage Open House Recap
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Kent County Senior Millage Open House on Friday October 18, 2013. The event was a huge success, due to the Advocates for Senior Issues, Kent County Senior Millage Providers and many volunteers. Attendance for the event was estimated at around 300 people. View pictures from the event at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging).
Kent County Senior Millage Open House
On Friday, October 18, the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will take place at Kentwood Christian Church (5841 Kalamazoo Ave SE). Provided in collaboration with the Advocates for Senior Issues, the open house will allow guests to visit booths of all 31 Senior Millage providers to find out more information and ask questions.
The Advocates for Senior Issues is also opening their monthly meeting up to the general public, allowing guests to hear more information on the Millage as well as a presentation from Bob Fox, Michigan Senior Advocates Council.
The Advocates meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 11:00 a.m. and the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will last from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The community is welcome to attend both or just stop by for one or the other. Light lunch and door prizes will be provided during the Millage Open House.
Click here to view and print the Open House flyer