CHEER seeks federal funding for community services

U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., recently visited the future site of CHEER’s new administrative building in Georgetown to highlight the nonprofit agency’s application for community project funding for fiscal year 2023. .

The potential federal investment would support the development of the administration building infrastructure to house CHEER staff in a central space.

CHEER provides essential services to seniors in Sussex County to help them stay in their homes. Blunt Rochester is advocating for the plan as the application progresses through the community project funding process managed by the House Appropriations Committee. The CHEER application was one of only 15 accepted out of more than 100 applications seeking federal funding for community services.

“This project represents the foundation for the next 50 years of CHEER,” said Ken Bock, CEO of CHEER. “We very much appreciate the MP’s support for the elderly in Sussex County.”

In addition to the new administration building, the project, known as Gateway East, includes four new apartment buildings for low-income seniors. All will be built on 34 acres behind the CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road east of Georgetown.

Jill E. Washington