Board moves on $6M in grants
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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