Sandusky earmarks $1.1M for CDBG projects
Apr 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM
From demolishing blighted buildings to promoting community wellness, officials are using Community Development Block Grant funds on about 15 programs and services this year.
Block grant funds, federal money Sandusky receives annually, aim to boost low- to median-income neighborhoods.
"These neighborhoods are in need of the most help," city assistant planner Anna Enderle said. "They often don't have access to quality housing or social services that people who are making enough many can afford."
About $682,000 is new federal money, while about $486,000 is money carried over from a year ago. The amount of new money the city received is significantly less than in years past, although it's not surprising given that governments across the country are receiving less federal assistance as the nation aims to address its debt, rapidly approaching $17 trillion.
In 2012, for instance, Sandusky obtained $676,000, down from $750,000 received in 2011.
Before earmarking funds for projects and services, city officials are reviewing comments residents made during two public sessions. It's unlikely any major changes will be made to the city's proposed list.