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WCMCA awarded grant to help older residents stay in their homes

West Central Minnesota Communities Action has received a $268,400 grant from the Department of Human Services to help older Minnesotans stay in their homes.

The grant is among more than $4.3 million dollars being distributed throughout the state.

The grant to WCMCA will be used to provide exterior painting and construction to make 300 low-income households safer and more accessible.

"Helping people stay in their homes and communities as they age is a major focus for the department," said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. "Partnering with community health care organizations allows us to do an even better job serving Minnesotans who need assistance."

Jesson said the projects also help to meet needs identified throughout Minnesota in the department's 2012 Long-Term Services and Supports Gaps Analysis, which gathers local information about current capacity and gaps in services and housing needs to support older adults.The survey found the state's top service gaps to be in chore services, companion services and transportation.

WCMCA is a resource agency dedicated to reducing the effects of poverty, helping people to achieve self-sufficiency and improving the quality of rural life. This grant will allow WCMCA to help seniors 65 years of age or older continue to live independently in their homes.

Interested seniors may contact WCMCA at 218-685-4486 or 1-800-492-4805 or for more information. Volunteers interested in this CS-SD project may contact Heather Thormodson at