Here is a breakdown of how Presidential Budget Proposals Could Effect Grand County Seniors thanks to the research by members of Moving Mountains Grand County.

One of our members researched the following information: “Meals on Wheels served 92 Grand county residents for 2016, to a total of 5532 meals. They are both delivered and served in sites in Granby and Kremling 3x/week. Funding comes from the Older Americans Act for Grand County, other areas may depend on Community Service Block Grants which are slated to be cut under Trump’s proposed budget. Home Care serves 16 people currently in Grand County, allowing them to remain in their homes because they receive shopping, homemaking and personal care services. There is often a waiting list for these services. This is funded by VA, private pay and medicaid. The county subsidizes 60% of the budget for home care and senior nutrition.

Through NWCOG (Northwest Council of Governments), small business loans are distributed. Over the past 4 years, 26 loans for a total of $1.7million, adding 71 jobs. This is the total for all 5 counties in the program. Grand County businesses received $286,000 in 2014-2016, for total of 16 new jobs. This funding is from the Community Development Block Grants, which are on the chopping block.

In addition Grand and Clear Creek Counties just received a $100,000 grant from the EDA to develop a resiliency plan to address the closure of the Henderson Mill. This is also funding that would no longer be available if proposed budget cuts are enacted.

Public Health is watching proposed cuts to the CDC budget which would impact immunizations here in Grand County. The Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment is also watching budget issues closely as it relates to the EPA, which provides CDPHE funding.

Trump’s proposed budget calls for eliminating Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Community Services Block Grant (funds via HHS) and TIGER Grants. The latter recently funded $10,000,000 for fire suppression in the Eisenhower Tunnel as fires are a major reason for traffic problems there. We benefit from funds as well for Section 8 housing, which currently has a waiting list of 12 families for housing, and a significantly larger waiting list for Silver Spruce(40) in Kremmling which provides Section 8 housing for seniors and disabled. The Grand County Housing Authority owns Silver Spruce, Grand Living (24 senior apartments in Granby), and Cliffview, the assisted living facility in Kremmling. Grand Living and Cliffview are funded through Medicaid and private pay sources.”

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