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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)

April 30, 2020

Press Release

Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced a six-figure Health and Human Services Grant for Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL). The grant, totaling $177,845, was secured through the CARES Act, a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill which Brindisi supported. 

“These are critical funds that will go to the Resource Center for Independent Living and allow them to help our most vulnerable,” Brindisi said. “COVID-19 is hurting all of our vulnerable populations and we need to get them the help they need. I am fighting in Washington to deliver crucial funds to our area. We are all fighting this together and I will never stop advocating for Upstate New York as we fight back.”

The grant comes from the Administration for Community Living and can be used to fund home-delivered meals; care services in the home; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; information about and referral to supports; and more.

“LIFE at RCIL  is grateful to receive funding through the CARES act to address urgent needs that emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is  appreciative of the recognition of the needs of persons with disabilities during this pandemic,” said RCIL CEO Zvia McCormick. “We will reach out to  community partners to develop collaborations to address the most urgent needs individuals with disabilities in upstate New York are presented with. The funds afford flexibility in the mode of service delivery, services provided, education about COVID-19  and access to technology and various forms of PPE.”

Brindisi, a fighter for Upstate, has secured millions in COVID-19 related relief for Upstate, including funds for hospitals, schools, small businesses, and workers.