Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 13, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

Governor Ernie Fletcher today visited the city of Irvington to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Irvington Senior Citizens Center.  A Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000 was appropriated by the Fletcher administration for the construction of the center.


“Senior citizens are an important part of our society," said Governor Fletcher. "These funds will help Irvington meet the needs of these important citizens."        


The Irvington Senior Citizen is a 7,600 square foot facility that sits on land donated by the Irvington Housing Authority.  The facility will offer senior meals as well as programs on health, education, recreation and other aging issues.  Additionally, the center will provide space for Breckinridge County and Grayson County Early Childhood Head Start Program which consists of 67 students.


Senator Carroll Gibson said, “As the size of our senior citizen population grows, it is important that we address their needs.  I commend the administration for providing funds for this project.”


According to the 2000 census, 21 percent of the Irvington population is age sixty (60) and above.  Due to the high percentage of seniors living in the city, there is a need for a safe and accessible location for activities.  Currently, there is no facility for senior citizens aside from a small meeting room at the Irvington Housing Authority which is utilized by other community groups.  The space averages forty (40) seniors at any given time.  The center will have room and opportunities for necessary senior services as well as various senior social functions.


“This facility, in providing activities for seniors and children alike, provides a great service to the people of this community,” noted Representative Dwight Butler. “I’m very happy to see Irvington receive this. After all, it is so important that we anticipate the demands for such facilities in our communities.”


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.