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Local group gets $268,400 for painting, house repairs

Organizations that help older Minnesotans stay in their homes as they age are receiving more than $4.3 million in funds from the Department of Human Services.

Locally, West Central Minnesota Communities Action Inc. will receive $268,400 to provide exterior painting and construction to make 300 low-income households safer and more accessible.

"Helping people stay in their homes and communities as they age is a major focus for the department," said human services commissioner Lucinda Jesson. "Partnering with community health care organizations allows us to do an even better job serving Minnesotans who need assistance."

Jesson said the projects also help to meet needs identified throughout Minnesota in the department's 2012 Long-Term Services and Supports Gaps Analysis, which gathers local information about current capacity and gaps in services and housing needs to support older adults.

More information about the grants is available at