Included in the CDGB request this year is $150,000 for Labyrinth Services for a new five unit transitional housing structure. In the last fiscal year, the group was seeking $300,000. (Ryan Denham/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington city staff are hoping to get $587,000 in Community Development Block Grants this year from the federal government.
The money is used for projects in blighted areas and to help social service agencies. Assistant City Manager Barb Adkins said city staff are recommending a list of projects including rehabilitation grants for homes, demolishing deteriorated buildings, and sidewalk replacements, among others.
Social service agencies also make funding requests to the city. Adkins said one example is an ongoing agreement with Habitat for Humanity, where the city donates vacant lots.
"That helps the city with infill and it also helps citizens, for whatever reasons, who can't get a traditional mortgage or move into a home, it gives them an opportunity to move into a brand new home," Adkins said.
The list of projects this year includes: rehabilitation loans and grants for low and moderate income households, the West Bloomington Revitalization Project Facade Program, demolishing deteriorated structures, funding to PATH for a homeless outreach worker, funding to PATH for an emergency services grant for hoarding services, money to Peace Meals for the senior nutrition program, Boys and Girls Club renovations and Habitat for Humanity new office construction.
Also on the list this year, $150,000 to Labyrinth Services for transitional housing for recently paroled women. The city council considered a request of $300,000 earlier this year but rejected that amount and instead awarded $10,000 to the project with the rest going to sidewalks, rehabilitation and demolition.
The city is requesting $587,000 for the projects, but the federal government has been awarding less money each year.
Stephanie Pawlowski can be reached at Stephanie.Pawlowski@Cumulus.com.