Senior Fund awards $800,000 to St. Louis nonprofits, seeks new applications
SHAHLA FARZAN | November 10, 2018
Two years ago, St. Louis voters approved a property tax that funds assistance programs for older adults. The St. Louis City Senior Fund, which administers the tax-generated revenue, awarded $800,000 dollars this year to local nonprofits. The organizations provide a range of free services for older adults to help them continue living in their homes. Jamie Opsal, executive director of the fund, said the services, including utility assistance and home repair, fill a vital need in the community.
“Our population is continuing to age,” Opsal said. “At the same time, resources for older adults at both the federal and the state level continue to be cut or they just don’t grow.” In July 2018, the Senior Fund awarded grants to 17 organizations, including Heat Up St. Louis, Rebuilding Together and City Seniors Inc. To help coordinate their often-complementary programs for older adults, Opsal said the Senior Fund encourages the grant awardees to collaborate.