Friday, August 23, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces $405,000 in Community Development Block Grant Urgent Needs Funding

English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in .
English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
–Town of Strasburg will receive grants to assist with rebuilding and improving storm drainage system after Hurricane Sandy

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today $405,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Urgent Needs funding for the town of Strasburg for the rehabilitation of Ash Street, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy in the fall of last year. A state of emergency was declared for the town on October 26, 2012.

           “The town of Strasburg was hit particularly hard by the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy last October,” said Governor McDonnell.  “This grant will help provide the much needed assistance to reconstruct and improve the storm drainage system, minimizing the chances of damage during future catastrophic storms. We know the recovery process is a difficult one, but the Commonwealth will continue to use all resources available to assist communities throughout the process.”

            Eligible projects under this program are designed to alleviate existing conditions which pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community when the conditions developed or became urgent within 18 months of the date the proposal is submitted. Proposals are received on a rolling basis between January 1 and October 31, 2013.

            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.

            “In addition to making the much needed improvements to the town’s storm drainage system, we also anticipate this grant to assist with improvements to the roadway and water and sewer lines on Ash Street,” said DHCD Director Bill Shelton.

2013 CDBG Urgent Needs Grant Awards:

Project Name
CDBG Award
Town of Strasburg
Strasburg Ash Street Recovery Project

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