New Freedom (NF)
GRTC is responsible for disbursing and administering allocated New Freedom funds to Senior Connections.
The New Freedom funds provide financial assistance for programs and projects supporting transportation options for individuals with disabilities.
Federal grant assistance requires local matching support in the range of 20% or 50% depending on whether a project is seeking federal support for capital assistance or operating assistance. Grant recipients are responsible for providing the local share as a condition of funding.
This Coordinated Human Service Mobility (CHSM) Plan is prepared in response to the coordinated planning requirements of SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users, P.L. 190-059), set forth in three sections of the Act: Section 5316-Job Access and Reverse Commute, Section 5317- New Freedom Program and Section 5310-Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program. The coordinated plan establishes the construct for a unified comprehensive strategy for transportation service delivery in the Richmond/Petersburg Metropolitan Planning Areas that is focused on unmet transportation needs of seniors, persons with disabilities, and individuals of low income.