Bridgeport News (CT) (01.29.13)
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The Bridgeport, Conn. Department of Housing and Community Development is currently accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Housing Emergency Solutions grants (HESG), and Housing Opportunity for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) grants. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch stated, “All three of these grant programs provide much-needed dollars to those who need assistance the most.”
CDBG is the annual federal grant program that specifically addresses the needs of low- and moderate-income beneficiaries. Housing activities comprise projects that make available affordable and suitable housing for low- to moderate-income persons, as well as public facilities, infrastructure activities, and economic development activities. HOPWA grants provide housing assistance and associated support services. HOPWA urges grant recipients to form partnerships with area nonprofit organizations and develop community-wide strategies. HOPWA funding offers an array of services, including housing, program planning, social services, and development costs. These services encompass but are not limited to the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of housing units, rental assistance, costs for facility operations, and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. HOPWA funds also may be used for chemical dependency treatment, mental health services and health care, case management, assistance with daily living, nutritional services, and other supportive services.
Grant seekers may obtain applications at the Housing and Community Development Office, Margaret E. Morton Government Center, Second Floor, or online at www.bridgeportct.gov. The due date for submitting grant applications to the city is February 7. The Citizens’ Union and City Council will review the applications when the organizations present them at public hearings to be held in February and March. The Housing and Community Development staff will review and evaluate the applications before forwarding them to the Bridgeport Citizens’ Union, and then to the City Council for a final allocation vote in April of 2013.