Yancey County Receive $500,000 State Grant For New Senior Center

State Representative Ray Rapp notified Yancey County Commissioners today that Yancey County has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the State of North Carolina for the construction of a new senior citizens center. This is welcome news for a much needed project being pursued by the commissioners and the Yancey Committee on Aging.

The N.C. Department of Commerce has awarded Yancey County a community development block grant from the N.C. Catalyst Program. The County applied for the grant in April. Commissioners and county staff have worked diligently with the Committee on Aging to secure funding necessary to replace the current facility at the corner of Swiss Avenue and West Main Street in Burnsville. Four years ago commissioners deeded property at the county's health department campus as the site for the new center. Since then, commissioners have actively pursued grant and other funding sources necessary to complete the facility that provides congregate and home deliver meals, health screenings, in-home aide services, recreations activities and other vital services to the county's aging citizens. The new senior center will also house the adult day care center.

Yancey County has worked closely with State Representative Ray Rapp to secure funding from the state level for this project. In making the public announcement Representative Rapp stated, "I was glad to be able to advocate for the much needed Senior Center in Yancey County. It is critical that we provide adequate facilities as well as services for our valued older adults. I was glad to work with the governor's office to obtain this grant and I look forward to the ribbon cutting at the new facility." Yancey County was one of only 21 counties and communities across the State to receive one of these grant awards.

"This is a great day for the senior citizens of Yancey County," stated Commission Chairman Johnny Riddle. "This half-a-million dollar grant is a critical piece of the puzzle we are putting together to construct a needed place for our seniors to receive essential services, meals, and recreation". Riddle continued "Yancey County is grateful to Representative Rapp and the governor's office for their work to make this dream a reality."

The Committee on Aging and Senior Center staff has held several fundraisers over the years and will use those funds in the construction of the new senior center. The final funding source is expected from USDA Rural Development and notification of approval should be received in the coming weeks.



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