The Senior Citizen Dwelling Enchancment program seems to be making a serious impression in the neighborhood.
Though the Housing Committee didn’t meet throughout Monday’s Metropolis Council work session because of the particular assembly session on the 2023 price range, the Metropolis Council mentioned the profitable implementation of the Senior Citizen Dwelling Enchancment program.
Throughout November’s voting session, the Metropolis Council a further $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding for the Senior Citizen Dwelling Enchancment Incentive program. By allocating a further $500,000 in ARPA funding, the Metropolis Council was capable of carry the total allotment of the Senior Citizen Dwelling Enchancment Incentive program to $1.5 million.
The extra funding was handed to be able to cowl the remaining tasks by authorized candidates that had been placed on maintain till further funding was made accessible by the Metropolis Council.
Final week, Mayor Eddie Sundquist advised Metropolis Council members that letters had been mailed to every of the authorized candidates, letting them know that the extra funding had been made accessible beneath the Senior Citizen Dwelling Enchancment program.
“I consider everybody who was authorized ought to have had letters mailed final week and may have obtained them by now.” Housing Committee Chairwoman Marie Carrubba, D-Ward IV, stated throughout this week’s assembly. “I do have a listing of all of the properties, and I consider it’s no less than 193 residents which were authorized for funds for both the aged or senior approval.”
Carrubba stated credit score ought to go to everybody concerned within the Senior Citizen Dwelling Enchancment challenge, together with staff within the Division of Improvement, the Metropolis Council and Lisa Volpe’s workplace.
“It’s clearly excellent news to suppose that 193 residents are getting help with quite a lot of tasks that can assist, together with a wheelchair ramp for somebody, which may be very close to and expensive to me by way of accessibility,” she stated.
Metropolis Councilwoman Kim Ecklund, R-At Massive, requested town administration if the reimbursement course of has been began for residents beneath the Senior Citizen Dwelling Enchancment program. Sundquist defined that the reimbursement course of is underway and that a few of the tasks have already been accomplished.
“We’ve obtained some fantastic playing cards from some people that wanted very small enhancements however have actually modified their lives,” he stated. “It’s actually an exquisite program.”
The Metropolis Council has made the Senior Citizen Dwelling Enchancment Incentive program a high precedence over the previous a number of months, given the success and recognition of this system with Jamestown residents. After absolutely funding this system final month, council members have been happy with preliminary the outcomes of this system.