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9/26/2011
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:  Sarah Erkmann, 343-7103

Mayor Sullivan announces recommendations for Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program recipients

ANCHORAGE- Mayor Dan Sullivan announced today his recommendations for this year’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and HOME Program as outlined in the 2012 Action Plan (see chart, page 2).

The mayor’s recommendations focus heavily on services for homeless citizens, particularly $750,000 in funding for Catholic Social Service’s Clare House, a shelter for homeless women and their children, as well as funding for Covenant House and the Brother Francis Shelter.

CDBG are federal funds designed to assist programs and organizations that serve low- and moderate- income households.  These funds can also assist neighborhood revitalization programs, economic development, junk car removal, demolition of blighted buildings, capital projects, and public services for vulnerable populations. The city’s administration plays a key role in applying these monies to high priorities, such as the homeless, seniors and persons with disabilities.

Federal HOME monies will also be used for RurAL CAP to assist chronic homeless public inebriates through a housing project that offers partnerships with private and public housing agencies.  The city’s administration welcomes public participation, assesses the community’s needs and concerns, and forwards specific projects for funding.  

“These grant recommendations continue our focus on helping our homeless citizens, especially vulnerable populations such as women and children, seniors and persons with disabilities, and youth in crisis” said Mayor Dan Sullivan. “The amount of funding available to Clare House will allow them to purchase and renovate the old Eagle’s Nest Hotel; they can then nearly triple the number of available beds. Of course, many other important services will also receive funding, and we’re optimistic the Assembly will approve our recommendations.”

”The Mayor’s ongoing commitment to issues of homelessness is clear in his proposed use of 2012 CDBG and HOME dollars.  There are many eligible and worthy causes and this administration has made homeless issues a top priority for use of these funds”, said Diane Ingle, Director of the city’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Introduction of the proposed 2012 Action Plan for use of CDBG and HOME funding will occur at the regular Assembly meeting on Tues., Sept. 27.  Public hearing and assembly action is expected at the Oct. 11, 2011 Assembly meeting.  

Proposed CDBG Projects Funding Amounts
1 Administration, Planning and Grants Management    
a Administration, Planning, Grants Management $
508,960
c Intra governmental Chargeback System (IGC's) $
51,040
 
Admin and Planning Total
$
560,000
2 Housing Projects    
b Minor Repair Program, NeighborWorks Anchorage $
400,000
 
Housing Projects Total
$
400,000
3 Capital Projects  
a Catholic Social Services Clare House $
750,000
b Covenant House Alaska Homeless Shelter $
175,000
c Municipal Transit Bus Shelters $
50,000
d Municipal Safety Center $
75,000
e Rural Cap Child Development Center $
175,000
f Project Oversight $
54,065
 
Capital Projects Total
$
1,279,065
4 Public Service Projects  
a Brother Francis Shelter, Catholic Social Services $
60,000
b Municipal Transit Voucher for Disabled / Seniors $
40,000
c Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) $
156,165
 
Public Service Projects Total
$
256,165
 
Total
$
2,495,230

 

HOME Projects Funding Amount
1 Administration, Planning and Grants Management    
a Administration, Planning, Grants Management $
96,592
c Intra governmental Chargeback System (IGC's) $
23,767
 
Admin and Planning Total
$
120,359
2 ANCHOR Program - Request for proposals $
465,000
3 CHDO Operating Assistance - Shiloh Community Housing $
13,555
4
CHDO Rental Development - Karluk Manor
$
285,843
5 TBRA - Request for Proposals $
320,601
 
HOME Projects Total
$
1,084,999
 
Total
$
1,205,358
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