Council members unanimously approved the recommended distribution of funds for the 2022 Community Development Block Grant Funds at Thursday’s regular meeting of council.
The total proposed allocation of funds is $362,125, divided into $50,750 dedicated to public service, $72,425 allocated to administrative funds and $238,950 dedicated to non-administrative funds.
Recommendations for the distribution of funds for public service include the Boys and Girls Club, which received $16,250; the Mission Marshall food pantry, which received $12,000; the Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council, which received $6,000; Communities in Schools, which received $10,000; neighborhood cleanups, which received $6,500; the Tracy Andrus Foundation, which received $40,000; and North East Texas Habitat for Humanity, which received $72,160.
According to Director of Community and Economic Development Garnett Johnson, the CDBG funds are part of a program that provides annual grants to cities to help them develop their local urban communities.
She said the goal of the program is to help low-to-moderate income communities, offering funding to local governments as well as grant funds to distribute to local organizations.
“The Community Development Block Grant Program provides annual formula-based grants to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunity, mainly for low and moderate incomes. people,” Johnson said.
At least 70% of non-core funds must be used for the benefit of low- to middle-income residents.
The city’s CDBG funds coordinator, Shamir Ruffins, told the meeting that the city had received seven requests for funds under this year’s program, with six of those organizations receiving funding.
“We have more (apps) this year and that’s a good thing,” she said.
She added that two public hearings were held on previous dates on the distribution of CDBG funds, at which no member of the community came forward.