Some towns see shift  in Block Grant money

The grant administrator plans to shift some Community Development Block Grant money awarded to Gill, Erving, Colrain and Deerfield from meals for the elderly to housing rehabilitation.

“We’re finding that the Meals on Wheels program was over-budgeted and rather than lose that money in the area we want to reprogram it so that it stays” in the four communities, said M.J. Adams, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority director of community development.

The proposal is to transfer about $120,000 to the housing rehabilitation loan program, Adams told the Gill Selectboard at the first of four public hearings on Monday.

The shift will fund an additional three or four loans, Adams said, and will not affect the meal program.

“We will serve every individual who is eligible for the Meals on Wheels program,” Adams said.

The 2012 federal Department of Housing and Urban Development grant put $1.1 million on the table for 17 housing rehabilitation loans among the four towns and a subsidy for Meals on Wheels.

Franklin County Home Care Corp. runs the Meals on Wheels program locally and executive director Roseann Martoccia said all the program’s need has been met.

The remaining hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 6:45 p.m. in the Erving Town Hall, 12 East Main St.

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