Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Grant funds to be discussed at Thursday meeting
The City of Bryan’s Community Development Advisory Committee will hold its regular public meeting regarding the City’s 2008-09 programs utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program funds (HOME) at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the City’s Municipal Office Building, Basement Training Room, 300 South Texas Ave.
In addition, a special agenda item includes a presentation and discussion of the amendment to the 2008 Consolidated Action Plan for the additional $250,205 allocation of CDBG (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds). The public meeting will begin a required seven-day comment period on the specific project identified in the substantial amendment to the 2008 Consolidated Action Plan.
These CDBG-R funds, signed into law by President Obama in February, designated $1 billion specifically for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist cities in economic recovery. As announced in the May 8 guideline notice received by HUD, cities are encouraged to fund infrastructure or housing projects that are ready to be implemented within 120 days, which will improve neighborhoods, assist in creating or retaining local jobs, provide investment in the community, foster energy independence and minimize or avoid reducing essential services.
The CDBG and HOME funds are eligible to cities with populations over 50,000 and assist the cities in providing funds for programs that benefit primarily low- to moderate-income citizens.
The City of Bryan provides several housing programs designed to preserve and increase the housing stock by offering eligible citizens home owner occupied rehabilitation/reconstruction, and home buyers assistance. Staff also partners with local housing developers and other City departments to increase new development and improvements of impact areas in neighborhoods. In addition, the City funds eligible non-profits that provide health and human services directly to clients through a joint process with the City of College Station on an annual basis, and is the second largest source of funds for eligible agencies in the area.
Additional Contact Information
Community Development Services Manager
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