WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — More than a dozen local agencies will be splitting millions of dollars to boost transportation and mobility programs for seniors and people with disabilities.
These programs are critical for many who would otherwise be bound to their homes, unable or unwilling to venture out.
Friday, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and agency leaders gathered to accept $2.65 million in federal funds.
Provided through the Federal Transit Administration, the money will be spent to buy 47 vehicles, add staff, train employees and educate the public about mobility programs available for seniors and people with disabilities.
Federal dollars will be matched by local funds, bringing total spending for the programs to more than $4.4 million.
“They might not have a job because of transportation, or they’re losing their job because their transportation is being cut,” said said Samuel Mattle, executive director of the Center for Self Advocacy. “With those funds, we will help them live a more independent and productive lifestyle.”
Each of these agencies is either public or not-for-profit, the money is expected to be made available to them on or by Oct. 1. Programming is expected to pick up from there.