Grants Distributed to 27 Providers to Purchase Vehicles
HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today said senior citizens and people with disabilities will be better able to get around with the state's investment of $2.1 million in 27 human service transportation providers. The organizations will use the money to buy wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
"Senior citizens and people with disabilities deserve the same access to public transportation as the rest of us," Governor Rendell said. "These federal funds will help providers buy much-needed vehicles so people can get to medical appointments, work or the grocery store. Access to safe, reliable transportation enhances quality of life."
The recipients include 26 private, non-profit organizations and one public group. In contrast with PennDOT's shared-ride program, which is available to the general public, human service transit providers work primarily with specific clients, such as people with cerebral palsy or mental retardation. Six of these providers are receiving grants for the first time.
The federally-funded grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to cover up to 80 percent of the cost of new wheelchair- accessible transit vehicles.
All applications for the federal elderly and persons with disabilities program are evaluated by an interdepartmental task force, which includes representatives from the Pennsylvania Departments of Aging, Community & Economic Development, Labor & Industry, Public Welfare and Transportation.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Below is a complete list of grant recipients.
Focus on Renewal Sto-Rox Neighborhood Corporation -- $89,600
Passavant Memorial Homes and Subsidiaries -- $64,000
Boyertown Area Multi-Service Inc. -- $60,800
Chandler Hall Health Services Inc. -- $44,800
Holland-Glen Inc. -- $48,000
Lutheran SeniorLife -- $44,800
Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped Inc. -- $36,800
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania Inc. -- $80,000
Centre Area Transportation Authority -- $104,000
The Arc of Chester County -- $41,600
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania Inc. -- $68,800
Children and Adult Disability and Educational Services -- $83,200
Elwyn -- $48,000
Erie Independence House Inc. -- $44,000
Goodwill Industries of Fayette County -- $144,000
Allied Services -- $160,000
Saint Joseph's Center -- $128,000
Telespond Senior Services Inc. -- $44,800
The S. June Smith Center -- $64,000
Via of the Lehigh Valley Inc. -- $64,000
Volunteers of America -- $89,600
Geisinger Health System Foundation -- $83,200
LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) -- St. Agnes Continuing Care Center
Avenues of Pennsylvania -- $44,800
UCP of Southwestern Pennsylvania Inc. -- $44,800
Westmoreland Human Opportunities Inc. -- $171,200
York County Cerebral Palsy Home Inc. dba Margaret E. Moul Home Inc. --
Ali Wenger, PennDOT
|SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Transportation|
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