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W-C Housing project gets $600,000 grant

The Washington-Coleman Housing Project is one of four projects in Virginia to receive a portion of $4.1 million in Community Block Grant funding, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office announced Thursday.

In all, three projects received multi-year funding among a total of seven, including the Washington-Coleman Housing Project which received $600,000, Phase II of the Church Street Project in the Town of Blackstone receiving $600,000 and the Washington Street Housing Improvement Project in the Town of Chase City receiving $535,132.

The seven community improvement projects are in addition to the $6.8 million of funding provided earlier this year.

The key words in the equation are “multi-year funding,” South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel said Thursday.

“Our grant application was for $1 million,” he said. “This fiscal year we’ll be getting $600,000 for Phase I of the project.”

Daniel is hoping for approval of the remainder of the Community Development Block Grant funding the town applied for - $400,000 – after completion of construction for Phase I.

“It’s really a great, neat thing for that whole area, for folks living there individually and for the community as a whole, including the cottage district,” Daniel noted.

“The Community Development Block Grant program provides funding for localities to address numerous issues,” said McDonnell.  “These projects focus on improving the lives of thousands of Virginians and utilizing all available resources to
better our communities throughout Virginia.”

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process.  Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.”

During this year’s competitive cycle, 35 proposals were submitted by 34 localities, and 11 projects received the initial funding. 

The Community Development Block Grant Program specifies that funding which has not been obligated or which has been returned from closed projects or cost under-runs by December is to be committed to proposals which did not initially receive funding in that year.