Local initiatives to fund services for older Americans: Community recognition of the importance of social care

July 27, 2020


  • Athena Koumoutzis
  • Sara E. Stemen
  • Renusha Maharjan
  • Jennifer Heston-Mullins
  • Pamela S. Mayberry
  • Robert Applebaum

Despite the growing proportion of older adults in the United States, federal and state funding for nonmedical supportive services remains limited. To meet increasing demand, some communities across the nation are exploring alternative funding sources for aging services. This article describes efforts to identify states where local funding is used to support aging services and the variety of local revenue streams used. Critical policy questions surrounding equity issues within and across states are raised as communities create these alternative funding mechanisms.

Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi:10.1177/0733464820944325

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  • Home and Community Based Services
  • Long-Term Care Policy and Financing