Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently announced that Ellington was among 17 small towns throughout Connecticut awarded grants under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP).
The town is set to receive $250,000 for a 1,000-square-foot addition to the Ellington Human Services building.
The expansion will allow the Human Services Department to "interact with residents in a more personal one-on-one setting," according to the governor's office.
State Senator Gary D. LeBeau (D-East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, South Windsor), thanked Gov. Malloy and HUD for the investment.
“Ellington’s Human Services Department provides programs and services that meet the social service and health care needs of its residents, and very often that means conversations about what specific services people need or other programs they might be referred to, LeBeau said. “It follows, then, that we should make efforts to ensure the privacy and dignity of the senior citizens, children and others who seek town help," he said.
In a prepared statement, State Representative Christopher Davis (R-Ellington) said, “This funding is a great example of how the tax dollars we pay can be invested back into our community in a positive manner. The funds from this program will greatly improve the quality of service provided for the families in our community who may be in need of any assistance.”