Living In A Community Is A Basic Human Need

We are shaped by the place, people and events that surround us.

Living In A Community Is A Basic Human Need

We are shaped by the place, people and events that surround us.

Learn about the Federal, State,
and Local Programs Available

Be Aware

Government programs is based on needs testing.

read between the lines

The Risk

Waiting lists exist for many aging and disability services.

emotional pain hurts too

Smart Solutions

Build a comprehensive care plan with these innovations.

knowledge is power

Find Services

Perform a benefits check-up to discover resources

you’re not alone

Shop for Products

Geriatric care specialist recommend these products

find comfort


Here are some tips on how you can brighten someone’s day.

spread the love


older women today are severely lonely


federal budget for Older American Act programs


seniors and disabled people on waiting list for services

Notes from the Author

Empowering Independence: The Success Story of the Administration for Community Living

In the landscape of government programs, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) stands as a beacon of success, exemplifying the fulfillment of its mission to ensure that all individuals, regardless of age or disability, can live independently and actively participate in their communities. This white paper delves into the core principles and accomplishments of ACL, highlighting its commitment to self-determination, community engagement, and the cost-effective delivery of services that empower individuals to age at home.

ACL’s Mission and Vision

The mission of ACL centers on the belief that every person should have the right to make choices and control decisions about their lives, encompassing aspects such as home, work, and daily choices. This commitment to self-determination reflects a fundamental human need to live in a community that supports and respects individual autonomy. Aging at home is not only a cost-effective approach to service delivery but also a testament to ACL’s dedication to fostering independence and community engagement.

The Concept of “No Wrong Door”

At the heart of ACL’s success is the implementation of the “no wrong door” policy, a visionary approach that ensures individuals can access all the services they need seamlessly. This policy eliminates barriers and streamlines the process of engaging with service providers. Once an individual connects with one provider, they gain access to a comprehensive array of services, creating a holistic and user-friendly experience. This policy not only facilitates efficient service delivery but also exemplifies ACL’s commitment to placing individuals at the center of their care.

Local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs)

The backbone of ACL’s community-based approach is the network of local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). AAAs serve as the primary point of entry for individuals seeking services and support. Coordinating and offering a range of services, AAAs play a pivotal role in enabling older adults to age at home. Services such as Meals-on-Wheels and homemaker assistance are just a glimpse into the comprehensive support provided by AAAs. By embracing the “no wrong door” philosophy, AAAs empower individuals to choose services and living arrangements that align with their preferences, reinforcing the principle of self-determination.

Cost-Effectiveness of Aging at Home

ACL recognizes that aging at home is the most cost-effective setting for delivering services to those in need. By prioritizing home-based services, ACL not only reduces the financial burden on individuals but also maximizes the efficient use of resources. This approach aligns with the broader goal of creating sustainable, community-driven solutions that promote independence while addressing the unique needs of each individual.

Community Engagement and Collective Wisdom

Communities thrive when individuals actively engage with one another, sharing their collective wisdom and contributing to the fabric of community life. ACL emphasizes the importance of community engagement by fostering environments where historians, volunteers, co-workers, family, friends, and mentors come together. By creating spaces for shared experiences and collaborative efforts, ACL strengthens the bonds that make communities vibrant and resilient.

Twenty-First Century Solutions that Work

In conclusion, the Administration for Community Living stands as a shining example of a government program that not only works but excels in fulfilling its mission. The dedication to self-determination, the implementation of the “no wrong door” policy, and the focus on community engagement underscore ACL’s commitment to empowering individuals to age at home with dignity and independence. By championing cost-effective, community-driven solutions, ACL paves the way for a future where all individuals, regardless of age or disability, can thrive in their communities and actively participate in shaping their destinies.

Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.