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  • Increase in grant funds coming

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  • Independence is expecting more funding next fiscal year from a major federal grant program, meaning local organizations will benefit more from the grants known as CDBG and HOME.
    The annual action plan for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Act programs were presented to the City Council Monday, along with an ordinance authorizing applications to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the program’s funds.
    The city is anticipating HUD to make available $762,612 in CDBG funds and $339,777 in HOME funds for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Those figures are an increase from $679,650 and $300,000 from the 2013-14 fiscal year. Also last year, the city had a CDBG reallocation of $107,500 from the prior year to be dispersed.
    The city is entering its 40th year as a CDBG entitlement community and 20th year as a HOME program jurisdiction.
    The breakdown of allocations for CDBG and HOME funds according to the action plan is as follows:
    CDBG
    • Administration – $152,522
    Housing
    • Code compliance – $70,000
    • Home rehabilitation – $200,000
    Public services
    • Community Meditation Center – $6,700
    • Compassionate Friends of Stone Church Meal Program – $5,000
    • Salvation Army Emergency Assistance Program – $6,800
    • Salvation Army Crossroads Shelter – $11,000
    • Palmer Senior Nutrition Site – $24,391
    • Independence Meals on Wheels – $5,000
    • Hillcrest Transitional Housing – $15,500
    • CSL Senior Assistance Program – $7,000
    • NWCDC Senior Nutrition Program – $10,000
    • MyARTS Program – $18,000
    • Hope House Shelter Meals – $5,000
    Total – $721,913
    HOME Program
    • Administration – $33,977
    • Community Housing Development Organization – $50,966
    • Single and multi-family housing projects – $225,000
    Total – $309,943
    Source of funds
    CDBG Entitlement Program, Year 40 – $721,913
    HOME Entitlement Program, Year 20 – $309,943
    Santa-Cali-Gon contract delayed
    Also Monday, the Council voted to postpone its vote on an ordinance authorizing the contract with the Independence Chamber of Commerce for the Santa-Cali-Gon Fair. Council Member Curt Dougherty made the first motion to postpone, citing what he believed to be several holes in the contract regarding specifics on how taxpayer money would be used.
    “It’s nothing more than a piece of crap,” Dougherty said. “It does nothing to protect the citizens.”
    “I don’t have a problem granting them the contract, but it needs to be rewritten.”
    The ordinance was remanded to city staff for discussion at the May 12 study session.

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