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The Douglas County Fairburn Road Senior Center will be getting some much-needed renovations with the $750,000.00 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recently awarded to Douglas County.
"Our Board of Commissioners take great pride in the consistent hard work and effort of our staff in pursuing financial opportunities to help alleviate costs passed on to citizens," Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones said. "Receiving the CDBG grant shows our commitment to fiscal responsibility in the government workplace."
Douglas County Senior Services submitted a proposal to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in June. They were awarded the maximum amount they requested of $750,000.00 making Douglas County one of sixty (60) local governments awarded the funding for the 2021 grant period.
"I cannot be prouder of the work that we do than I am now because of the hope and possibilities the funds will provide," said Dr. Konswella Gilchrist, Director of Senior Services. "With the CDBG funding, Douglas Senior Services will be able to change the layout of our current building, making it more accessible to the population we serve." Gilchrist further stated, "The renovations will create an esthetically pleasing environment and allow us to increase services to Older Adults in the County. Thus, enhancing and enriching more lives to ensure every Older Adult in Douglas County will be able to maintain an independent lifestyle, as long as possible, without sacrificing their dignity or self-esteem."
Douglas County plans to use the $750,000.00 in CDBG funds to renovate the Douglas County Senior Services Center at 6287 Fairburn Road. Upgrades will include making necessary adjustments inside and outside of the building to ensure ADA accessibility, renovations to the dining hall, and the existing layout of the building, including some much-needed cosmetic renovations.
This building serves as the hub for our Meals on Wheels and Congregate meal Program, non-emergency medical transportation services, homemaker, and case management services.
The CDBG grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis. This year, Georgia's Department of Community Affairs received more than 100 applications for more than $70 million.