Agency gets grant to help elderly and disabled

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a local agency funding to continue its mission of enabling the elderly and disabled to live independently.

The nearly $150,000 grant will allow the Jonesboro Urban Renewal & Housing Authority to hire case workers for the Jonesboro Ecumenical Center (JEC) to assist senior citizens and people with disabilities who live at the elderly housing complex.

The JEC accommodates 70 residents who are at least 62 years old.

Resident Floyd Baxter said he is pleased with his home. "I love it here. It's one of the best places that you could possibly want to live. It's so convenient to everything. People are so friendly, the staff is so friendly."

The grant money funds the salary, benefits, training, office space and equipment needed for the service coordinator who will be hired to oversee the JEC.

Grant writer Malia Salvador said the service coordinator would act as a liaison for the JEC residents. "What this service coordinator would be doing would be connecting or referring and linking the Jonesboro Ecumenical Center residents to supportive services in the community."

Salvador said it took three months to complete the grant.  "It involved taking a survey of how many of Jonesboro Ecumenical residents require assistance with their activities of daily living."

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