Jan. 13 Public Meeting Set to Explain Uses

Nearly $6-Million Funding for Housing and Community Projects

By Peter Neumann

Nearly $6-Million Funding for Housing and Community Projects

December 27, 2010 Updated Dec 27, 2010 at 6:07 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Mayor Tom Henry today announced that the City of Fort Wayne will offer $5.9 million in federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to meet housing and community development goals for 2011.

Read the city's media release:

"MAYOR HENRY RELEASES HUD FUNDS FOR 2011
Housing and Neighborhood Services to offer nearly $6 million for projects; hosting information session Jan. 13

Fort Wayne, IN--- Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne will offer $5.9 million in federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to meet housing and community development goals for 2011. Mayor Henry invites local social-service providers and others to attend a briefing about how to apply for HUD funding 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing.

“We want to cultivate new partners who can deliver the programs and services that the community has identified as being a high priority in the next year,” Mayor Henry said. “We have funding for specific needs of targeted populations, identified through public meetings, focus groups and conversations with the community. This funding will improve the safety, availability and affordability of housing, plus the quality of life for low- and moderate-income households in Fort Wayne. It will take the collaboration and participation of many organizations and businesses to reach these goals, and we are looking for partners to work with us to meet our housing and community development needs of all our residents.”

The funds will be distributed through a competitive process using $1.1 million in Home Investment Partnership Programs (HOME), $2.5 million in Community Development Block Grants and $2.35 million in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The Community Development Division’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services is the grantee and steward of the City’s HUD funding.

Each funding source has its own set of regulations and requirements. For more information, go to www.cityoffortwayne.org , in the housing and neighborhood services area, under applications and forms. Organizations receiving federal funds demonstrate positive investment in the community, but properly using the funds requires significant administrative oversight and diligence. To help potential partner agencies and businesses understand how to access the funding and what is expected if they receive the grants, OHNS is hosting a free partner development briefing 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Public Safety Academy.

Briefing attendees will learn more about HOME-funded programs, CDBG public service grants, CDBG housing programs, tax abatements, brownfield developments, and how to use multiple funding sources. Developers, lenders, landlords, property owners, social service agencies and other interested individuals can attend to learn more about the City’s priorities for how it will allocate funds. Applications will be available at the briefing, and technical assistance to answer questions about how to apply for these funds, who is eligible to apply, and the responsibilities with the funding.

Reservations are not required for the briefing. For more information, contact OHNS at 427-1127 or email OHNS@cityoffortwayne.org."




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