The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Salt Lake City a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $4,296,000 for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The money is allocated based on a formula to cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.Grants are awarded for activities such as neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improvement of community facilities and services. Communities develop their own programs but must give priority to activities that benefit low- to moderate-income people, aid in the prevention and elimination of slums and blight, and meet community development needs that have a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a threat to health or welfare in the community and there's no other resource available to meet such needs. If an activity does not meet one of the objectives, CDBG funds cannot be used.
The amount of each entitlement grant is determined by statutory formula that uses several objectives to measure community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and the growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
The funds are tentatively slated for the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, Dakotah Foundation rehabilitation, community homes rehabilitation, curb ramps, housing rehabilitation program, administration, Bismarck Development Agency, city buildings for handicapped revisions and the Avenue B watermain between Sixth and Ninth streets.