To The Daily Sun,
NOTE: The following open letter to Alton residents and voters was submitted for publication:
I am writing to clarify information in a letter from state Rep. Raymond Howard Jr. in the Feb. 10 issue of the Laconia Daily Sun regarding warrant articles put forward by the Alton Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee regarding funding requests from non-profit agencies.
Article 28 is a request from Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. for $8,900 to support the Laconia Area Center operating budget, not the programs mentioned in his letter. The staff of the Laconia Area Center provided more than $91,000 of fuel assistance to Alton residents, as well as more than 400 food pantry meals to 51 residents. The staff provided more than $56,500 in utility discounts to 108 Alton households. A total in excess of $157,900 in services was provided to Alton residents in 2015 using funds from federal and state contracts as well as private donations in place of property tax dollars.
The Area Center staff also provides information and referral to other agency programs such as Women's, Infants and Children's nutrition, weatherization, Senior Companion, food boxes for the elderly, job training and other local non-profit programs that can help low-income, elderly and disabled residents meet basic life needs.
The statement that Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties supports Caregivers of Southern Carroll County and Child and Family Services is not correct. These independent, non-profit programs are not a part of this CAP agency, but instead serve their individual clientele who meet their program requirements.
The operating budget for the Laconia Area Center is always provided to the Town Administrator with our request for town funding every year as well as information about who can be contacted to answer any questions anyone may have.
Thank you for allowing me to clarify this information for Alton residents.
Community Services Director
Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties Inc.
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