Area Officials Approve $746,000 to Help Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities with Transportation Needs

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) has approved a total of $746,000 in grant funding for Seabury Resources for Aging’s ConnectorCard program, allowing it to serve more customers and broadening its services to individuals with disabilities.

The decision, announced January 20,  will allow Seabury to expand its transportation services to more than 400 additional customers, 200 of whom are disabled.  The ConnectorCard program provides a range of transportation alternatives, which make it easier for customers to do daily life tasks like shopping for groceries.

Seabury Resources for Aging, was one of the 21 applicants whose projects were approved for funding  Overall, more than $5 million in Federal grants were approved, and include programs that will make available over 75 wheelchair accessible vehicles, provide for travel training, and implement volunteer driver and transportation voucher programs.These projects are funded through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, administered by the TPB. Following its annual solicitation, a TPB selection committee reviewed 24 applications and approved 21 projects.

ConnectorCard is a reloadable debit card, administered by Seabury and funded by the DC Office on Aging, that can be used to purchase alternate transportation services:  taxi, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, and others that accept Visa debit cards. Currently issued to DC residents 60 and older, the TPB grant will also fund the addition of one Alternative Transportation Assistant and one Reservation Counselor who will specifically serve the 18-59 disabled population.

“ConnectorCard is top-of-the-line transportation for the elderly and the needy,” says Brenda M, a Ward 5 senior. “You can’t go wrong with it. I get to set the time when I want to move, when I want to go somewhere. ConnectorCard helps seniors maintain their independence. It allows me to socialize with my friends, and also visit my ailing siblings. It’s given me a great opportunity that I would not have otherwise. I am very grateful and very appreciative of the service.”

The DC Office on Aging will match the $373,000 grant from The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board and has dedicated $373,116 to expand Seabury Resources for Aging’s ConnectorCard program, demonstrating its deep commitment to serving its customers. The project is expected to begin in late 2016.

View the full list of projects and funding totals.

The Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is the regional transportation planning organization for the Washington region. It includes local governments, state transportation agencies, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and members of the Maryland and Virginia General Assemblies.

Seabury Resources for Aging is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in the greater Washington, DC area live with independence and dignity. Started in 1924 as a single retirement group home for low-income older adults, Seabury now serves over 15,000 seniors and family caregivers annually with essential programs: transportation, meal delivery at home and at 17 congregate sites, affordable housing, and case management. Other services include: volunteer house cleaning and yardwork, nutrition counseling, community education and wellness, and recreational and social activities.

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