First Posted: 7/20/2011 8:20:17 PM | Last Updated: 7/20/2011 8:20:18 PM
BOARD BRIEFED ON
2012 HOUSING PLAN
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 19, 2011) – Gwinnett commissioners were briefed Tuesday on a recommendation for how to use federal housing dollars next year. The annual application for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and other assistance is due to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in November.
The CDBG grants reached a high of around $6 million in 2010 but are projected to fall below $3 million for 2012. The grants fund property acquisition and rehabilitation, homeownership assistance and infrastructure improvements. Gwinnett County government, cities and nonprofit organizations proposed CDBG projects for 2012 that total more than $12 million.
Staff recommendations would allocate just under $2 million to the Gwinnett Senior Services Center, $123,000 to the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, $66,000 to the Hi Hope Service Center and $47,000 to Gwinnett Community Services. A public hearing and comment phase for the plan will begin next month. Commissioners will approve the final application in October.
HOME program grants, designed to create affordable low-income housing, would provide $504,000 for down payment assistance, $144,000 for the Community Housing Development Organization and $72,000 for administration. Emergency Shelter Grants would be shared by local nonprofits like Norcross Co-operative Ministry, Partnership for Domestic Violence, Center for Pan Asian Services and the Salvation Army.