REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — NeighborImpact, a local nonprofit, is celebrating National Community Development Week by highlighting the impact of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program on central Oregon.
CDBG is a HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) program that eliminates the blight and improves living conditions in low- and moderate-income communities. CDBG helps local and rural governments secure funding for high-priority infrastructure; community facilities; economic development; and housing projects.
Over the past year, NeighborImpact’s CDBG program has supported five projects benefiting the cities of Madras and Prineville; and Crook and Jefferson counties.
- The program secured $2.5 million for engineering and construction costs to upgrade and replace undersized and deteriorated water pipes in Madras.
- The second project was funded with $1.5 million to build the Madras Homeless Services Center, a year-round homeless service center in Jefferson County.
- $500,000 has been awarded to provide eviction prevention rental assistance to low and moderate income households impacted by COVID in Crook and Jefferson counties.
- The program has secured an additional $400,000 for the City of Prineville to rehabilitate and repair owner-occupied homes in the area.
- We boosted economic development in the city of Madras with $150,000 to support small businesses in Jefferson County impacted by COVID.
Local governments in central Oregon are counting on the support and expertise of NeighborImpact to bring these grants home. NeighborImpact facilitates the eligibility determination process, writes and submits CDBG grant proposals to HUD, conducts environmental assessments, administers grants, and monitors compliance with prevailing salaries. For the Crook-Jefferson Rental Assistance Project, NeighborImpact also serves as the program operator.
In total, NeighborImpact’s community development program has secured more than $5 million for Central Oregon projects in the past year alone.
“CDBG grants fill the gaps and meet the critical needs of individuals, families, small businesses and communities in central Oregon,” said Andrew Spreadborough, deputy executive director of strategy and operations at NeighborImpact.
The nonprofit will continue to offer advisory, writing and administration services for community development block grants and would like to encourage interested cities and counties to contact NeighborImpact, Deputy Executive Director of Strategy and Operations , Andrew Spreadborough at (541) 323-6508 or Andrews@neighborimpact.org.
About NeighborImpact: NeighborImpact is a private, non-profit organization governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from across the community. Since 1985, NeighborImpact has led the region in developing solutions and providing resources to Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. We help meet the basic needs of Central Oregonians, build economic security, and create a community where everyone thrives. NeighborImpact receives federal, state, and local grants, foundation grants, and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact, please visit www.neighborimpact.org.