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Seven localities receive Community Improvement Grants for housing rehabilitation and downtown revitalization projects
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced an additional $4.1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for four projects in Virginia. The seven community improvement projects are in addition to the $6.8 million of funding provided this year.
“The Community Development Block Grant program provides funding for localities to address numerous issues,” said Governor McDonnell. “These projects focus on improving the lives of thousands of Virginians and utilizing all available resources to better our communities throughout Virginia.”
Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.
During this year’s competitive cycle, 35 proposals were submitted by 34 localities, and 11 projects received the initial funding. The Community Development Block Grant Program specifies that funding which has not been obligated or which has been returned from closed projects or cost under-runs by December is to be committed to proposals which did not initially receive funding in that year.
“Through the CDBG program, Virginia addresses issues including housing, economic development, health, safety and more to create great communities to live, work and do business,” said DHCD Director Bill Shelton.
2013 CDBG Community Improvement Grant Awards:
Town of Wytheville
Downtown Wytheville Business District Revitalization
City of Emporia
Belfield Business District Revitalization Project
Greenhouse Village Housing Production Project
Town of South Boston
Washington Coleman Housing Project
Town of Blackstone
Church Street Project – Phase II
Town of Chase City
Washington Street Housing Improvement Project