This week, it was announced that two South Shore organizations will benefit from some of the $8.6 million in grant awards from the state's Community Transit Grant Program: the South Shore Community Action Council and the Scituate Council on Aging.
The Baker-Polito Administration announced the grants this week for the program, which is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
SSCAC was awarded with seven vehicles to assist with transportation needs; $75,000 for operating assistance for SSCAC transportation program for older adults and people with disabilities; and $25,000 towards short-term assessment and strategic planning to accommodate operational changes needed to satisfy new HST guidelines and Massachusetts standards for COVID-19.
The town of Scituate Council on Aging was awarded with one vehicle to assist with transportation needs.
“These organizations are committed to providing transportation to residents who need access to critical services such as medical care,” said state Sen. Patrick O’Connor, R-Weymouth. “The past few months have highlighted the importance of transportation services for the elderly and people with disabilities. I appreciate the support that MassDOT and the Baker-Polito Administration are giving to organizations like these across the commonwealth.”
The Community Transit Grant Program is the commonwealth’s annual competitive grant program to distribute both Federal Transit Administration Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities funds and State Mobility Assistance Program funds. The FTA Section 5310 grant program provides funding to assist with the purchase of capital equipment, mobility management, and operational costs in order to meet the mobility needs of senior citizens and individuals of any age with disabilities. State Mobility Assistance Program funds are used to assist in the provision of transportation services to seniors and persons with disabilities exclusively through the purchase of eligible vehicles.
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