CDBG committee approves 21 grant requests
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee considered twenty-five applications for funding, and twenty-one local agencies were recommended for funding in a meeting held last week. The twenty-one recommended proposals will split up a projected $844,227. This figure is based on the amount the city received for 2012. There are three categories of funding. The agencies, their programs, and the amounts are listed below:
- Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Reducing employment barriers: $1,600.
- Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Sickle cell awareness, education and testing: $1,000.
Public Service (continued)
- Women and Children’s Horizons – Legal advocacy program legal coordinator: $17,327.
- Kenosha YMCA – Frank Neighborhood Project: $23,000.
- ELCA Urban Outreach Center – Helping residents become self-sufficient: $11,225.
- Kenosha Literacy Council, Inc. – Literacy at work: $6,300.
- Walkin’ In My Shoes, Inc. – Survival backpack street outreach program: $4,626.
- New Song Ministries – Whole-person training: $1,400.
- Shalom Center – Emergency family shelter: $23,600.
- Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Inc. – Volunteer transportation service: $5,000.
- Kenosha Achievement Center – Youth employment exploration: $8,525.
- Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha – Gang prevention and diversion: $23,031.
Housing, Neighborhood, Economic Development
- City of Kenosha – Street improvements: $356,273.
- Club Breakaway – Facility improvements: $2,800.
- Hope Council, Inc. – Facility improvements: $6,010.
- Kenosha Human Development Services – Shelter facility improvements: $38,000.
- Oasis Youth Center – Facility improvements: $2,800.
- Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Facility improvements: $5,865.
- Women and Children’s Horizons – Shelter facility improvements: $45,000.
- Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. – Micro enterprise technical assistance/loans: $92,000.
- City of Kenosha – Program administration/comprehensive planning: $168,845.
The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides the grant funding for these programs. All applications must assist low- to moderate-income people and/or reduce and eliminate blight.
Four applications did not receive funding. “The Kenosha Common Markets, operator of the Kenosha Harbor Market, submitted an application for $2.3 million for a community market and kitchen, but was not formally applying and wanted to only update the committee on its efforts for obtaining a permanent location,” said community development specialist Tony Geliche.
The committee chose not to support funding for the Oasis Youth Center, seeking $10,000 for a director; Potter’s Center, seeking $6,500 for a neighborhood friendship group; and Agape Love Christian Ministries, seeking $8,500 for a youth program.
The allocation recommendations will go before the City Council for final approval on Monday, November 5th.