CDBG committee approves 21 grant requests

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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:

Public Service

  • 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.

Planning/Management

  • 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.

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