Essex CDBG Funds New Vehicle and Main Office and Group Home Improvements

December 30th, 2016

Thanks to a 2015 community development block grant (CDBG) from Essex County, The Arc was able to make accessibility improvements to the main office and Belmont group home prior to the New Year.  The main office entrance now features an automatic door opener while accessibility ramping was upgraded and improved at the Belmont group home in Livingston.

Funding also assisted in the purchase of a new passenger van through a 2016 Essex CDBG grant.  The van, acquired prior to the New Year, will be used by the Arcompany day program and the Saturday Children's Respite Program.  It can accommodate 12 individuals and features track seating which gives The Arc flexibility to accommodate more wheelchair-bound passengers, when needed.

In total, $60,000 in 2015 and 2016 Essex CDBG funds enabled The Arc of Essex County to acquire the van and make accessibility improvements.  The Arc of Essex County would like to thank the Essex Division of Housing and Community Development for their ongoing support and commitment to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.