CDBG to fund improvements to group homes for adults with disabilities
Benedictine has been awarded a $336,000 grant from the State of Maryland Community Development Block Grant Program through a partnership with Caroline County.
The funds will be used to make capital improvements to 10 of Benedictine’s group homes in Caroline County that provide community living options for adults with developmental disabilities. Improvements set to be made to the homes include new roofs, handicap-accessible upgrades to bathroom and kitchen areas, and new generators.
The selected group homes, a part of Benedictine’s Adult Services program, provide residential support for adults with developmental disabilities ages 21 or older through community living options. In total, Benedictine serves over 100 adults in 19 group homes across the Mid-Shore and Annapolis, including the 10 group homes scheduled for improvements in Caroline County.
“Our focus in the residential program is to assist the individuals we serve in becoming productive and active members of their communities,” said Benedictine Executive Director, Scott Evans. “We have a great staff that works in our group homes that engage and motivate individuals to learn home-life skills, social skills, and recreational activities and these improvements will have a huge impact in the lives of the individuals we serve.”
Benedictine’s goal is to assure a comfortable, enduring, and positive home environment, as well as an excellent quality of life for the 42 adults that reside in the 10 group homes. The funds will help to cover the costs of mandated, but not yet funded, transition of services for the care of adults with disabilities.
The CDBG award will fund projects to make necessary capital improvements to address obsolescence, any safety issues, and make handicap accessible upgrades. CDBG is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).