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The Board of Larimer County Commissioners approved an Immediate Needs Grant of $50,000 to assist Heart and Soul Paratransit with providing paratransit to community members in need of transportation services.

The Immediate Needs Grant money is part of American Recovery Plan Act [ARPA] funding. The board voted 2-0 to approve the funding at their regular Administrative Matters meeting on February 15. Commissioner Shadduck-McNally was absent.

Heart and Soul Paratransit provides transportation to seniors, those with disabilities, and others in our community with barriers to reliable transportation. “I know they provide really good and important services, and they typically serve a lot of non-emergency care, in other words --- people who need to visit their doctor, and in particular bring a lot of dialysis patients to their appointments. And those folks are at much higher risk,” said Larimer County Commissioner John Kefalas.

The COVID pandemic affected the company’s services, resulting in 4,500 fewer rides and a loss of about $132,000 of revenue between 2019 and 2021. In addition to maintaining their paratransit fleet, the company also provided almost $10,000 in materials to equip their fleet to lessen the spread of COVID-19 while providing services.

“There are certainly members of our community that are transit-dependent, and Heart and Soul serve folks that might not find other ways to get to really crucial appointments, so we’re appreciative of their service,” said Larimer County Commissioner Kristin Stephens.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 12:30pm

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