Burns: Area senior centers get nearly $15,000 in state grants

EBENSBURG, Jan. 7 – As an elected official who has always stood up for area seniors, state Rep. Frank Burns today said he was thrilled to announce that area senior centers will be receiving nearly $15,000 in state grants.

“Our senior centers are critical community resources for our older neighbors and, like other organizations, have had to adapt to these rapidly changing times,” said Burns, D-Cambria. “I’ve always stood up for our older neighbors, and I’ll never stop working to ensure they have the resources they need to enjoy their well-deserved retirements.”

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania’s senior community centers, the state Department of Aging changed its traditional competitive grant process this year and shared the funding available with each of the state’s 52 Area Agencies on Aging to help all eligible centers. Each AAA will receive nearly $5,000 for each eligible senior community center.

Locally, senior centers funded by the grants include the Portage Senior Center, Patton Senior Center, and Mainline Center in Cresson.