The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Announcements

Your Participation Requested for National (Fed Reserve Bank) Survey on the Pandemic’s Effects on Nonprofits & People They Serve

The Federal Reserve launched a survey to measure the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits and the communities in which they serve. The survey focuses on low- to moderate-income communities where median family income falls as low as 50 percent less than the median income of the area. The results of the survey will help inform decision-makers in multiple sectors and guide their response in supporting nonprofits and communities through the pandemic. We encourage you to share feedback before the survey closes on August 27 to help represent your community’s experience. Link to survey

CEO Summit 2022 Opening Soon!

Registration for CEO Summit 2022: A Future Reimagined will open in early September. CEO Summit, which will be held in person in Tampa, Florida, January 23–26, will explore how leaders are reimagining the health and human services sector and guiding their organizations, partners, and key stakeholders in the post-pandemic world. Look out for an official announcement shortly after Labor Day.

Lutheran Financial Managers Association Reimagined 2021 Conference: Bringing you the Magic of Finance

November 7-9, 2021 - Grand Cypress Hotel - Orlando, FL

2020 and 2021 have been unique years for all of us. Funding challenges, increased demand, concern about employee well-being, and continued cyber threats abound. Join your financial and risk management colleagues this November in Orlando to share experiences and solutions, and to gain valuable knowledge that will help sustain your organization through 2022 and beyond.

Click here for the full agenda and registration.

LSA Member Benefits

Did you know as an LSA member you have discounted services at Purdue Global University? Learn more about the education benefits for partner employees and attend the short Open House to learn more about the programs and classes available to you and your staff.

Register here

Date: Tuesday, September, 14, 2021 8:00pm – 8:30pm EST

News

Resources

Funding Opportunity

  • 2021 Equity and Accessibility Transportation Planning Grant
    Grants that address transportation equity, inclusion, and accessibility for diverse older adults and people with disabilities particularly persons suffering from social isolation.
    Application Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
    Sponsor: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
  • Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator Program
    Grants to fund service coordinators to assist residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic self-sufficiency, including the provision of job training, employment, adult education, housing, and health resources.
    Application Deadline: Sep 17, 2021
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Wells Fargo Community Giving Programs
    Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing affordability, financial health, small business growth, and the environment.
    Application Deadline:  On-going opportunity
    Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Webinars

CMS, CDC & HHS Updates

Advocacy Update

Senate Passes Traditional Infrastructure Bill, Budget Resolution; House Faces Uncertainty on Next Steps

On August 10, the Senate completed its consideration of the $550 billion “traditional infrastructure” legislation which a bipartisan group of Senators negotiated for weeks, passing the bill on a bipartisan vote of 69 to 30.  The final version totaled $29 billion lower than the version originally negotiated in June.  Senators next turned their attention to the budget resolution, passing the bill on August 11 through a party-line vote of 50 to 49, as expected, and then adjourning for the August recess. The resolution contains topline dollar figures and instructions for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package to follow.  That bill will enact many of the “human infrastructure” provisions included in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, including the proposed expansion of Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) with $400 billion in funding.  Under the reconciliation procedure, the success of the vote depends on the support of all 50 Senate Democrats. Because Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) continue to state that they will not support the package at its current cost, negotiations continue on the content of the package.

While both chambers have said they will wait until the fall for final votes on the reconciliation package itself, the House, which had already adjourned for its August recess, returned Monday, August 23, for a week-long session in order to hold votes related to the budget resolution.  However, a group of at least 9 moderate Democrats have announced that they won’t support the budget resolution without an immediate vote on the infrastructure package, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said she has no plans to schedule for this week.  Given that Republicans are expected to unanimously oppose the budget resolution, Democrats can afford to lose only 3 votes and still pass the measure, so Democratic leaders continue efforts to persuade moderates to support it.  The outcome of the final vote remains uncertain at this time. 

Lutheran Services in America continues to advocate for the inclusion of key provisions of the President’s proposals in the reconciliation package, particularly the $400 billion home and community-based services (HCBS) investment (which is outlined in the Better Care Better Jobs Act, S. 2210/H.R. 4131) and a provision for $213 billion for affordable housing and homelessness services, and is urging the inclusion of the WORK NOW Act legislation (S. 740) to provide nonprofit health and human services organizations funding to pay wages, salaries, and benefits to retain staff and meet services’ demand.  Please join us in this effort through our advocacy alert calling for inclusion of these key initiatives in the package.

 

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