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Council OKs 2019 public housing plan

Community Development Block Grant allocates $439K for assistance

The DeKalb Municipal Building Friday July 6, 2018.
The DeKalb Municipal Building Friday July 6, 2018.

DeKALB – Public housing and other services will get a financial boost from the city thanks to an annual action plan that was approved by the City Council.

The city approved the plan during Monday’s meeting to address public housing rehabilitation and other public services, and will allocate $439,100 from its community development block grant. The grants are provided on an annual basis by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the city, and the assistance dollars go toward qualifying community developments.

The funds will be used for local programs that assist moderate- to low-income populations, such as assisting first-time home buyers, and provide improvements to public housing facilities. Block grant funds for local programs are only for new social services or a documented increase in social services provided to target populations.

The council held a public hearing Monday for the grant money, and 3rd Ward resident Steve Kapitan was the only participant. He urged the city to use the money to support home ownership, as has been done in the past.

City Manager Bill Nicklas said the city will also use $875,300 in unspent grant dollars from previous years to supplement the 2019 grant action plan. In total, the 2019 Community Development Block Grant Action Plan will use $1.3 million to service qualifying programs.

According to agenda documents, $60,000 will go to housing rehabilitation, $65,800 will go to public services, $225,400 will go to public facilities, and $87,800 will go to administration.

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