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The lawsuit claims that the formula used by the Idaho Commission on Aging to allocate money for seniors excludes whites from consideration.
“Defendant’s actions are racially discriminatory, arbitrary, capricious, constitute an abυse of discretion and fail to meet statutory, procedural and constitutional requirements,” reads the lawsuit, according to Courthouse News.
They also claim that the Idaho agency’s actions viοlate guidelines outlined by the Administration on Aging, which was set up as part of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
“As a result of defendants’ non-compliance formula, no funding is allocated for the population of older individuals who are disabled, nor for those older individuals who: (a) are white, non-Hispanic, or other non-minority persons; and (b) are between the ages of 60 and 74; and (c) live in Kootenai, Latah, Nez Perce, Ada, Canyon, Twin Falls, Bannock, Bonneville or Madison Counties; and (d) do not live alone; and (e) have a household income of more than $15,730,” the complaint alleges.
It continues: “Funding is allocated for minority persons living under exactly the same circumstances.”
“Older Idahoans living in PSA III are not provided with an equal opportunity to the full and free enjoyment of a comprehensive array of community-based, long-term care services adequate to appropriately sustain older people in their communities and in their homes, including support to family members and other persons providing voluntary care to older individuals needing long-term care services,” the complaint concludes.