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The Elk County Planning Department recently procured a $138,000 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the Pa. Accessible Housing Program.
The program will provide approximately 8-10 accessibility modifications to residents in Elk, Cameron, McKean and Potter counties.
â€śWe anticipate doing two to three projects per county in order to disperse that money,â€ť said Richard Gavazzi, housing specialist for Elk County Planning Department. â€śWhich is great.â€ť
Gavazzi initially requested approximately $266,320 for the program.
â€śI believe I stated numerous times throughout our meetings here and different meetings throughout our daily work schedule that this program was in serious jeopardy of being deleted completely out of the budget,â€ť Gavazzi said. â€śFortunately for us we did get that $138,000 and we are going to continue to move forward with the accessibility program.
â€śSharon [office manager Sharon Burns] and I get calls daily for this program. This is our program that requires a significant need here.â€ť
Twelve thousand dollars is budgeted for each modification.