The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday announced its award of more than $67.8 million in grants to help support community development, affordable housing and emergency shelter in 11 Tennessee cities, including Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol.
The funding, included in the 2011 Continuing Resolution on the still-unapproved federal budget, significantly reduces amounts awarded for HUD’s Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership and Emergency Shelter programs last year, including a $600 million, or 16.5 percent, cut to the CDBG program and a $200 million, or 11.7 percent, reduction to the HIP program. Diane Bradley with the Johnson City Community Development Office said reductions are comparable to the reduction in HUD funds allotted to the city last year.
For Johnson City, the grants include $445,423 in CDBG funding to help low-income owners refurbish owner-occupied homes, $233,475 in HIP funds to help low-income home owners refurbish homes outside the city and to assist low-income home buyers with closing costs and $90,421 in emergency shelter grants to be awarded to local nonprofit agencies assisting the homeless.
Bradley said the city’s Community Development Advisory Board has already reviewed local agency applications for the 2011 emergency shelter funding and submitted its recommendation for local grant awards for consideration by the City Commission. The committtee has requested the grants come up for the commission’s approval at their next regular meeting Thursday at City Hall.
Applications for housing rehabilitation funds for low-income homeowners are available at the Johnson City Community Development Office, located in the Keystone Community Center, 603 Bert St.. More information about the home-refurbishment program may be obtained by calling the Community Development Office at 434-6000.