Update – October 12, 2017
Muskegon County residents passed a senior millage on Aug. 2, 2016, to provide expanded services for adults 60 and older. In July of 2017, the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners named Senior Resources of West Michigan as the administrator of the senior millage funds.
Senior Resources, along with the Senior Activities Committee, will be seeking organizations to provide services for older adults in the coming months.
Senior Resources proposed three phases of implementation for millage funding:
Phase 1 – The Muskegon County commissioners approved contracts with four current providers to provide additional services to Muskegon County residents: AgeWell Services will be providing additional Meals on Wheels and congregate meals, as well as Elder Abuse Prevention services; American Red Cross will provide additional senior medical transportation; and Legal Aid of Western Michigan will provide expanded legal services for older adults.
Phase 2 – Senior Resources has issued a call for Letters of Intent for existing senior-oriented services in the community not currently under contract with Senior Resources; applications for those seeking $5,000 or more are due at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. There are many services that federal and state funds cannot be used for; we hope that many of these programs will apply for funding. Examples could include, but are not limited to: senior center programs and activities, Alzheimer’s education/support/training, other forms of transportation, senior companion programs, emergency funds, vision and dental services, and more.
Phase 3, coming after Phase 2 – We will address gaps in older adult services. We will seek programs or services that aren’t available or that need expansion; geographical areas lacking services; underfunded and underutilized services; and unmet needs. Staff would then work with community organizations to develop programs to address those needs that aren’t addressed in Muskegon County.
Organizations interested in applying for funding can find RFPs at www.seniorresourceswmi.org/muskegon-county-senior-millage.