Pursuant to the settlement of two connected Chancery Court cases in Davidson County, Tennessee, approximately $36 million in funding has been granted to six different organizations in the State for the purposes of implementing statewide initiatives designed to make lives better for older Tennesseans. The grants are in the following four different areas (as designated by the Court):
- Senior Affordable Housing—Funding is being granted to two distinct entities to provide home modifications to 1,778 Tennessee senior homeowners.
- Senior Legal Services—through a first-of-its-kind alliance, entities from across the State are to provide direct legal assistance (accessing benefits, avoiding elder abuse, core housing issues, and estate planning) to approximately 8,500 older Tennesseans.
- Senior Transportation—the creation and implementation of thirty new volunteer senior transportation projects across the State estimated to serve approximately 7,500 older Tennesseans.
- Senior Dental—through education, transportation, and care, the “Smile On” program will utilize a statewide network to provide services to an estimated 65,000 older Tennesseans.