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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Lujan Grisham’s Care Corps Grants are Funded

Jul 13, 2018
Press Release

Lujan Grisham’s Care Corps Grants are Funded

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House Committee on Appropriations approved new funding for Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Care Corps grants to help address caregiving needs and give volunteers the experience of working with seniors, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The funding was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies FY19 Appropriations bill.  Specifically, it increased funding for Aging Network Services Activities by $5 million and directed the Administration for Community Living to distribute these grants.

“As a caregiver myself, I know how tough it can be to care for a loved one, and how little support is available to those doing this critical work,” Representative Lujan Grisham said.  “One of my top priorities, since I was elected to Congress nearly 6 years ago, was to create a national service caregiving volunteer program. Care Corps grants will help provide seniors and adults with disabilities with the support they need to remain in their homes and communities. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure that this funding is passed into law.”

Caregiving Statistics:

  • More than 40 million Americans provide more than $470 billion in care to seniors and adults with disabilities every year.
  • By 2030, there will be more than 72 million older Americans over the age of 65, making up 19% of the total population.
  • In 2010, there were 7 potential caregivers for every person over 80.  By 2030, that ratio is projected to drop by almost half, to 4:1 and the U.S. will require at least 1 million more direct care workers over the next 10 years.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses for family caregivers were almost $7,000 in 2016 (20% of their income).