To attract and keep year-round residents, it is essential that we have services that support the people who live here. Senior services, health care, good schools, affordable housing, youth programs, resources for families, and cultural and recreational opportunities. These services are what will make the difference in having growing and thriving communities. CAP-21 will work to develop and strengthen our social network and our sense of community.
Housing Needs Assessment Project
Through a Quality Communities grant funded by NYS Department of State, CAP-21 contracted with River Street Planning & Design to undertake a regional assessment of affordable housing needs, with a particular focus on the needs of our local workforce and the seniors. This needs assessment included Forestport, Webb, Inlet and Long Lake and is available at local libraries within those communities as well as available from CAP-21.
In addition, CAP-21 is seeking housing rehabilitation and renovation funds specifically for individuals who are aging and/or disabled and who need repairs and assistance to maintain a safe, comfortable home.
In March 2019, CAP-21 created a healthcare committee with a mission to identify and document gaps in achievable health related programs, services and funding and work with other local agencies and organizations to implement said programs and services which are lacking in our region. This process will enable residents and visitors of all ages the ability to live here and/or enjoy their time within our west central Adirondack region.
To date, we have identified a visiting nurse service that is willing to cover our northern Herkimer County communities (Nascentia Health), we have collaborated with Mowhawk Valley Health System to identify the Old Forge MVHS primary care office as a authorized SHARPS disposal location during regular business hours and have identified mental health resources within the Town of Webb school for children and adults courtesy of The Neighborhood Center along with a mental health resource at the MVHS primary care office in Old Forge.
Stay tuned for a new health care resource page within an updated CAP-21 website sometime in 2020.