Governor's Office for Local Development
Henry County Senior Citizens to Receive Fletcher Administration Funding

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $408,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Henry County.  Funds will be used for the Henry County Senior Citizens Center.

            “With Kentucky’s aging population, it is important now more than ever to ensure that the needs of those individuals are met,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This project will provide an avenue for Henry County seniors to stay active and enjoy their golden years.”

            Funds will be used to construct a 3,100 square foot (SF) Senior Citizens Center to provide services to the over 2,600 senior citizens that are age 60 and over who live in Henry County.  The current facility is being shared with the 4-H Council and is not designed to accommodate the activities of a senior center.

            "Senior citizens represent a cherished part of our population with very specific needs and wants," said Senator Ernie Harris (R-Crestwood). "This funding will allow Henry County to be able to address those issues accordingly."

            The current facility has only a single restroom that must accommodate both mean and women.  Additionally, the configuration of the center makes it difficult to offer more than one activity at a time as well as to engage in confidential discussions with clients.

            Representative Rick Rand (D-Bedford) stated, “I am pleased that local and state officials have worked so diligently in order to provide this service to the seniors of Henry County.  This center will mean that more of our seniors can receive the best services available to them.”

            The proposed location of the center is ideal for serving the four major population centers of the county.  With the new facility, new services can be developed and appropriate space will be available.

                Henry County Judge/Executive John Brent noted, "This new senior’s center is a perfect example of what you can accomplish when you work as a team.  The Governor and his Office, Senator Jim Bunning’s Office, Congressman Geoff Davis’s Office, Senator Ernie Harris and Representative Rick Rand all worked with us here at the local level to make this well deserved project a reality.  It’s a happy day and an even brighter future for the Seniors of Henry County!”

            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.