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City Of Bloomington To Host Informational Meeting For CDBG Grant Applicants

Last updated on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department will host an informational meeting to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program on Wednesday, September 12 at 9: a.m. in the McCloskey Room at City Hall (401 N. Morton St.).

Prospective applicants for funding during the fiscal year 2019 grant cycle are strongly encouraged to attend the public meeting.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the CDBG entitlement program allocates annual federal grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and occasions to expand economic opportunities, principally for low-income and moderate-income families.

The City of Bloomington distributes its CDBG grant funding along Social Service and Physical Improvement streams, both of which will be addressed at the meeting. An early adopter of the CDBG program, Bloomington has accomplished significant improvements using these federal funds since the 1970s. Over the years, the City has leveraged the program to build Rockport Road, finance Broadview Park, rehabilitate the Community Kitchen, construct a side path along Rogers Road, and erect the bridge over Country Club Road, among many other infrastructure improvements. Just since 2000, the City has invested nearly $3 million in City housing programs, directly benefiting residents through owner-occupied restorations, home modifications for accessible living, and emergency home repairs.

"HAND looks forward to partnering with the next round of CDBG funding applicants to make Bloomington an even better place to live, work, and play," said HAND Assistant Director Eric Sader.

Opportunity for direct resident participation in the grant process exists through volunteering on the CDBG Funding Citizens Advisory Committee. To apply for a seat on this committee, click here.

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