By Lorilyn C. Lirio
The city of Olympia expects to receive approximately $400,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which will fund projects focused on rehabilitating and maintaining low-income housing and supporting public services.
During a presentation at the Community Habitability and Public Health (CLPH) Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 11, Anastacia Everett, CBDG Program Specialist, said Olympia has yet to receive the letter. from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
But she said the typical reward amount for the city ranges from $391,000 to $400,000.
Everett said she drafted the action plan for the project in 2022, divided into housing activities, public amenities and utility projects.
She said they are in partnership with local service providers.
For the housing activities program, Everett proposed a CBDG fund allocation of $25,000 for the Thurston County Rebuilding Together Safe at Home program.
To receive assistance, Everett said the owner must either be a senior, have a family with young children, veterans, or have a disabled family member at home.
“Rebuilding Together provides essential home repairs, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility improvements, roof replacements, plumbing, emergency repairs and other safety modifications,” said Everett to committee members.
She also offered a $50,000 fund to support the South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity Critical Home program.
“The funds will be used for rehabilitation activities, such as repairing windows and siding, repairing and replacing roofs, floor accessibility modifications, foundations, plumbing and electrical,” said Everett. The money will also cover administrative and personnel costs.
Another proposal is to fund the solar installation on seven homes owned by Homes First, which offers rental homes for low-income families.
According to Everett, CBDG was used to partially fund the project in 2021.
” The bottom [$63,813] in 2022 will close the gap to complete the project,” Everett said, adding that the solar installation is expected to be completed by 2023.
For public institutions, the proposed youth community services allocation is $120,000.
She informed committee members that Community Youth Services is in the process of purchasing a building in downtown Olympia for its counseling division and behavioral health and addictions services.
The fund will be used for the installation of an elevator to ensure accessibility for all participants and staff.
Downtown Ambassadors receive funding from CBDG annually, Everett said.
For 2022, the proposed allocation for Downtown Ambassadors is $50,000 for street outreach; and $90,000 for program administration, support for downtown residents and businesses.
The committee has approved the recommendation to allocate CBDG funds and will forward it to City Council.