Oakland County, Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency launch Oakland County Senior Chore Pilot Program

The Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) is now accepting applications from Oakland County communities that wish to operate local chore projects for low-income seniors. Following the publication of the Oakland County Blueprint for Successful Aging, the Board’s Healthy Aging Oakland County Ad Hoc Committee, chaired by Commissioner Kristen Nelson (D-Waterford), prioritized funding a chore program for older adults. In September 2022, the Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution appropriating American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support the Oakland Together Senior Initiatives, and it included an allocation of $3 million for the development of three-year county senior chore pilot program.

“As we were getting input from community members for the blueprint, a senior chore program was the number one request from our residents,” Nelson said. “Lawn maintenance, snow removal and yard services are all more difficult for homeowners as they age, and this program aims to help older adults age in place.”

All Oakland County cities, villages and townships are eligible to apply for the mini grants. Awards will range from $5,000 to $130,000 based on community needs and demographics. The deadline for the first application round is May 31, 2024. Communities not applying for the first round are asked to complete and submit a letter of intent form indicating their interest or non interest in the second application round, which will close September 30, 2024. Complete grant application requirements can be found at www.olhsa.org/en-us/chore.

OLHSA has also developed a toolkit that will help Oakland County communities continue a chore program beyond the county’s initial funding of this pilot program.
“Overseeing the chore mini-grants program is a source of pride for us," said Heather Zeigler, OLHSA director of health, housing and nutrition. "With OLHSA's extensive 60-year history of managing the Chore Program, we are uniquely positioned to facilitate this initiative. These grants empower Oakland County communities to provide vital services to low-income seniors, such as lawn maintenance and snow removal. Drawing from our decades of experience, we are dedicated to supporting and guiding these communities as they utilize these mini grants to enhance the quality of life for older adults and empower them to age in place. Our toolkit ensures sustainability beyond the initial funding period. We encourage eligible communities to seize this opportunity to make a meaningful impact."

For additional information about the Board of Commissioners, visit www.oakgov.com/boc.

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