Community Development Grant Program

Brent Finnegan -- June 28th, 2007

Today WSVA is reporting that the city is looking for community input in how the $546,881 in community grant money should be spent. Only $50k of that is for nonprofit organizations like Meals on Wheels, and over a dozen other nonprofits that have made grant requests. I assume the rest is for housing needs?

Anyway, there will be a public hearing regarding the grant money Tuesday, July 10.

2 Responses to “Community Development Grant Program”

  1. Congratulations Dianne! We were the first to hit the
    “Letters to the editor” for the “Clerk of court 2007”

  2. finnegan says:

    I received the following info in an email yesterday:

    “CDBG funding is federal moneys designated for low to moderate income areas. The money that is going to non-profits this year is the maximum that the city was willing to give as the funds have been steadily declining since the program’s inception. The city has always requested that non profs use that funding for one time capital outlays as the money is not guaranteed and can be cut off by the feds at anytime. Also, since, with declining granting funds, the ability to consistently give out awards would be near to impossible.

    Also, the stipulations of HUD put restrictions on the percentage of money that can go to non profits.

    Since Harrisonburg is over 50% LMI (low-moderate income) monies from the program can also be used to fund citywide improvements and other projects. A good deal of funding HAS bee promised to the Housing Authority over a long time (20 years?) that comes from CDBG. Funds have also gone to park projects, sidewalk improvements, bike paths and other things to improve the over all quality of life of the resident. In addition, the HUD funding supports administrative.”

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