Coastal Community Action Program gets state funds to help needy

MONTESANO — Coastal Community Action Program in Aberdeen has received $102,636 in state funds, part of a community development block grant, to help provide more services for the needy.

Grays Harbor County, the fiscal sponsor, allocated the funds to the social service group on Monday following a unanimous decision by the county commissioners.

Craig Dublanko, who heads up the Coastal Community Action Program, broke down how the group will manage the funds. The group’s senior nutrition program will get $39,170 for home-delivered meals and lunches served at senior centers in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Elma, Raymond and Ilwaco.

The client base are seniors over 60 years of age.

“The senior nutrition program helps increase the nutrient intake of older individuals, who might not eat adequately and through better nutrition assist them to remain healthy and independent in their communities,” a fact sheet from Dublanko states.

Hygiene packs to give needy 800 individuals toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper will cost $5,000.

And $58,466 will go to provide in-home care for seniors and persons with disabilities.