The Arapahoe County Community Resources department is asking for citizen feedback on the annual Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program plans.
The county receives entitlement funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development based on population and demographics, particularly of low-to-moderate-income residents. The Community Development Block Grants program started in 1992 and now operates as an Urban County Consortium, which includes the cities of Englewood, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Sheridan and Deer Trail. Arapahoe County also administers Centennial’s funds, which are designated as a separate entitlement community.
The overarching goal of these funds is to develop viable communities by providing decent affordable housing, creating suitable living environments and providing and expanding economic opportunities, particularly for low-to-moderate-income residents.
Housing and Community Development staff have received and reviewed applications for funding and have made recommendations in the form of a draft plan. Applications are reviewed based on components such as measurable community impact, addressing an unmet need, serving low to moderate income residents, cost effectiveness, past experience, community support and more.
Recommended projects include local infrastructure and sidewalk improvements, public-facility projects with South Metro Housing Options, Housing Rehabilitation projects with Brothers Redevelopment, Arapahoe County Weatherization and Energy Efficient Englewood and public-service projects, including Meals on Wheels, homeless prevention and housing support, youth career development and healthcare services.
The plan is available for review and input through March 15 at arapahoegov.com/index.aspx?NID=334.
Following review, the plan will be approved by the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners and sent to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for review and approval.
For more information, contact Jeremy Fink at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-738-8062.
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