More than $6 Million in HUD Grants Received
Jan. 30, 2012
More than $6 Million in HUD Grants Received; Nearly $2 Million Shortfall from Previous Year
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week notified Fairfax County of its allocations under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programs for the county’s Fiscal Year 2013. The grant totals provide the county $6,288,729 to be used toward housing, community and economic development activities. However, the overall sum represents a net decrease of $1,922,754 from what was received by in FY 2012.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova says that the decrease in funding is disappointing, but every dollar is still important to the Board’s initiatives. “Although the grant amounts reflect some significant cuts by our federal partners, these funds continue to be critical to the county’s ability to support the creation of new affordable housing, provide important community services and address the challenge of homelessness.”
The CDBG grant provides a flexible source of funding for a wide variety of affordable housing and community development activities for nonprofits and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority. CDBG money is also a major source of funding for the Consolidated Community Funding Pool, which supports affordable housing acquisition and the provision of critical public services by the county’s nonprofit partners. Fairfax County is receiving $1,004,205 less in CDBG funds this year, a cut of about 18.5 percent from FY 2012.
HOME funds affordable housing through acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction and tenant-based rental assistance. This year’s funding has decreased by $978,484 compared to FY 2012; a cut of about 41 percent.
The ESG program actually gains funds for the new fiscal year, with an increase of $59,932 or 14.6 percent. ESG funds support homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing activities through services provided under contract by nonprofit organizations.
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