Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that the city of Flatwoods will receive $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the construction of a senior citizens center.
The 4,050 square foot center will be fully accessible and include two large multipurpose rooms that can be divided into smaller spaces through the use of moveable partitions, a commercial grade kitchen, and two small private spaces where clients may be assisted by social services providers.
Governor Fletcher said the elderly population is the fastest growing segment in Greenup County with nearly 20 percent over the age of 60. “The staggering statistic that there are as many Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid as are in our K-12 program, exemplifies the need for communities to address the needs of their aging populations,” said Governor Fletcher. “By providing community support, Flatwoods’ senior citizens will continue their role as active members in their community.”
Flatwoods’ senior citizens currently use space in City Hall for activities. The current facility is small, has no windows, and is poorly lighted.
GOLD Commissioner Darrell Brock said the new center will eliminate the need for additional space, both private and public, and will give personnel in City Hall additional room to move.
The city of Flatwoods is donating the land for the center to be built – adjacent to City Hall and the B.G. Crager Community Park – and is paying for site planning and preliminary design work.
GOLD administers the block grant program in Kentucky. CDBG funds are made
available through the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development for community development activities.