Huntington Awarded $3 Million in CDBG Federal Grants

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (HNN) – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Friday announced that the City of Huntington has been awarded a total of nearly $3 million in federal funds for a variety of community renewal and improvement projects, as well as housing assistance programs.

“I am pleased to announce this $3 million in federal support for Huntington, aimed at answering a number of needs throughout the city,” said Rahall.  “These funds remind us of the importance of government investments and the kinds of tough choices our Nation faces as we strive to move toward budgetary balance.  Every year, dozens of communities in West Virginia seek Community Development Block Grants – one of the few flexible sources of federal funding to help address important local needs.  This program is popular with towns and cities like Huntington that have limited financial resources but need the extra boost to help create jobs and improve the local economy.”

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and includes a $1.8 million Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) and $1 million from the HOME and Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) programs.

The City of Huntington applied for this CDBG funding to support parks and recreation facilities improvements, including enhancements to the West 5th Avenue Park; construction of curb cuts and ramps in public right-of-ways to increase accessibility; purchase of a new aerial truck for the Huntington Fire Department; rehabilitation of owner-occupied single-family homes; loan assistance for Ebenezer Medical Outreach and senior housing at the Huntington Renaissance; operation of two community centers that provide senior services as well as nutrition and mentoring programs; economic development activities including microenterprise assistance; and the demolition of vacant dilapidated structures citywide.

The $91,000 ESG funding will underwrite supportive services for the homeless offered by emergency shelters at Branches, Inc.; Huntington City Mission; Prestera Mental Health Center; and Cabell Huntington Coalition for the Homeless.  The HOME funding will be used for homebuyer assistance in Cabell and Wayne Counties, Habitat for Humanity programs, and housing for low-income veterans.

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