Anoka County Awaits Annual Federal Funding Allocations From CDBG and HOME | Government
Anoka County does not yet know how much money it will get from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development this year for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs.
But for the purposes of the Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority public hearing on February 23 on funding requests, staff used the 2020 appropriations.
“HUD has not released actual funding allocations,” said Renee Sande, community development manager.
For the HOME program, whose objective is to create and maintain decent affordable housing through construction, rehabilitation and rent assistance, the county is providing funding of $ 587,642, of which $ 58,764 is assigned to administration.
According to Sande, only two project applications were received, totaling $ 202,000, leaving $ 326,878 unallocated. “All interested organizations are welcome to apply,” said Sande.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity will receive $ 160,000 to acquire and rehabilitate two housing sites for sale in the county to eligible buyers, while the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities will receive $ 42,000 to provide rent subsidies to low-income youth (18-24 years old) and county families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The estimated CDBG allocation for 2021 is $ 1,585,647, of which $ 317,177 is allocated for planning and administration, $ 1,030,587 goes to the competitive project pool and $ 257,883 is allocated to the service pool. competitive audiences.
Under HUD regulations, 70% of the grant must go to low / moderate income households, excluding planning and administration, according to Sande.
Only one project request was received. This was a request for $ 55,000 from The Dwelling Place to perform ongoing repairs / replacements at the four county houses that make up its domestic violence shelter.
That leaves $ 975,587 in the projects pot, and applications are open on the community development department’s webpage, according to Sande.
The reason for the lack of nominations is that the COVID pandemic has opened up other sources of federal funding without the restrictions imposed by the HUD, Sande said.
All but two of the public service program requests were funded, while two others (Mediation and Catering Services and the Nucleus Clinic) were transferred to the CDBG fund pot that the county received from HUD for specific projects and programs. to COVID.
Among the recommended funding requests, the Anoka County Community Action Program (ACCAP) will receive $ 15,390 to expand its senior kinship program; Apple Tree Dental to Get $ 43,400 to Expand Access to Pediatric Dental Care at Its Coon Rapids Location; Cars for Neighbors will receive $ 40,000 for its vehicle repair program (labor and parts); Elevate Hope House will receive $ 16,800 to purchase an eight-passenger van for its shelter for young single mothers; Hearts and Hammers to get $ 10,000 to rehabilitate the exterior of homes owned by seniors; Impact Services will receive $ 40,000 to pay for food, mileage and equipment for the two meals-on-wheels services it operates; Southern Anoka County Assistance will receive $ 20,000 for its food shelf; and The Salvation Army will get $ 15,000 for food and supplies at their food shelf in Blaine.
The Lee Carlson Center’s claims of $ 50,000 for personnel costs / ancillary costs to caregivers and $ 25,000 from Regan Moves LLC for its gentle exercise program for the elderly were not funded.
Neither has been able to provide an income verification plan for people who will benefit from their programs, but staff continue to work with the agencies, Sande said.
Two ongoing county-wide programs will continue in 2021 – the Single-Family Home Rehabilitation Loan Program, $ 327,000, and the County-Wide Revolving Business Loan Fund, $ 600,000 .
The two are self-sustaining thanks to the program’s income from loan repayments, according to Sande.
The HRA approved the staff’s recommendations and forwarded them to Anoka County Council for final action pending the completion of a 30-day public comment period required by the HUD, which ends on March 26.