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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 17, 2005
Contact:
Connie Rivera, 360-709-3065

Community Development Block Grants Funds Available


​OLYMPIA – Qualified organizations are invited to submit an application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Rehabilitation funds.  The next grant funding cycle is set for January 2006, with applications to be sent to the state Office of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

A maximum of $500,000 may be available to Thurston County on a first-come first served basis for Housing Rehabilitation Grant funds.  Project activities must benefit residents of unincorporated Thurston County .  The eligible properties for CDBG grant funding include residential owner-occupied and non-owner-occupied housing, including manufactured housing that is part of the community's permanent housing stock. CDBG funds may be used for substantial rehabilitation, minor home repairs, emergency repairs, weatherization and lead-based paint mitigation. The project(s) must principally benefit low-and moderate-income persons.

The county may sponsor and submit an application on its own behalf or on behalf of another entity, after a public hearing and deliberation process.  The county may submit only one application each for a Housing Rehabilitation project. Because the county has received inquiries from more than one agency, it is appropriate to find out what agencies are currently interested in applying for CDBG Housing Rehabilitation funds.  Those organizations that wish to propose a CDBG funded project need to fill out a questionnaire and return it to Connie Rivera at Thurston County by 5:00 on November 3, 2005.

The Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. on November 7, 2005 to hear presentations and take testimony on the proposed projects.  The hearing will take place in Room 280, Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse.  Each project applicant will be given a maximum of 10 minutes for a presentation and public testimony.  Board questions and discussion will follow.  After the public hearing, the Commissioners will decide which, if any project to sponsor as an application for state CDBG funds.  The selected project applicant will then develop the full application package.  That application will be the subject of a subsequent public meeting in prior to submittal to the state.

Those with questions can contact Connie Rivera at 360- 709-3065.  Organizations that turn in questionnaires by November 3, 2005 will be contacted to review the next steps and in order to provide additional information about the November 7th public hearing.  

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3