Board moves on $6M in grants

Springfield Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Eric_devlin on Twit­ter

MONT­GOMERY COUNTY » The Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers au­tho­rized the ad­ver­tise­ment of the De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment’s 2017 an­nual ac­tion plan that de­scribes a se­ries of grant al­lo­ca­tions for com­mu­nity and af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

It in­cludes nearly $6 mil­lion in po­ten­tial grant money for projects across the county.

There are four grant pro­grams in­cluded in this plan. Three are fed­eral grants pro­vided to Mont­gomery County by the U.S. De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and one is a lo­cal county grant.

The three fed­eral grants are the com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment block grant, which funds com­mu­nity im­prove­ment projects in ar­eas with a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of peo­ple of low or mod­er­ate in­come. The pri­mary grantees are mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties or non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide pub­lic ser­vices to this in­come group. The sec­ond fed­eral grant is the emer­gency so­lu­tions grant, which pro­vides ser­vices for peo­ple who are home­less. The grantees are non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. The fi­nal fed­eral grant is the home in­vest­ment part­ner­ships pro­gram, which pro­vides projects that build af­ford­able hous­ing through­out the county. The pri­mary grantees are non­profit de­vel­op­ers, ac­cord­ing to Emma Hertz, pro­gram of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor for hous­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

The fourth grant in­cluded in the an­nual ac­tion plan is the county grant, which is the af­ford­able hous­ing trust fund. It pro­vides projects that fur­ther the avail­abil­ity of af­ford­able hous­ing through­out the com­mu­nity, she said.

• In to­tal for the com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment block grant pro­gram, Hertz said the of­fice re­ceived just shy of $5 mil­lion in re­quests and it is rec­om­mend­ing ap­prox­i­mately $3 mil­lion in projects. For the emer­gency so­lu­tions grant, the of­fice re­ceived $475,000 in re­quests and the of­fice is rec­om­mend­ing ap­prox­i­mately $264,000 in projects. For the home pro­gram, the of­fice re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately $2.7 mil­lion re­quests and is rec­om­mend­ing ap­prox­i­mately $969,000 in projects. Fi­nally, for the af­ford­able hous­ing trust fund, the of­fice re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately $2 mil­lion in re­quests and is rec­om­mend­ing ap­prox­i­mately $1.7 mil­lion in projects.

• Among the rec­om­mended mu­nic­i­pal ap­pli­ca­tions for the com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment block

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