City distributing more than $2 million in federal housing grants

Press Release Date:
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Anthem Courtyard Apartments in Uptown Village

The Vancouver City Council will distribute $2,027,547 in federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding in 2014.

Vancouver’s total grant allocation for 2014 includes $1,374,290 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and $653,257 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) grants. These totals include $318,212 in CDBG and HOME grant funds carried forward from 2012-13.

The City plans to distribute the grant funding to 20 local projects that meet the goals of the CDBG and HOME programs. The recipients of the grants have approximately two years to spend the funds. Examples of the projects receiving grant funding include:

  • Share’s outreach, roommate matching and hunger response programs
  • The Council for the Homeless’ Housing Solutions Center
  • Affordable housing construction projects
  • Post foster-care transitional housing
  • Second Step Housing case management
  • ACE senior housing construction projects
  • Three City-run programs that provide low-cost loans to low-income homeowners for rehabilitation projects, low-cost loans to small businesses and support infrastructure projects

“This funding will directly benefit citizens in Vancouver by increasing or preserving affordable housing options, revitalizing neighborhoods and providing support services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless ,” said Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt. “With an increase in the number of homeless families with children in the Vancouver area this year, and almost 17 percent of our population living below the poverty level, the projects and programs receiving funding are an important lifeline for many of our citizens and deserve our continued support.”

View a full listing of the projects scheduled to receive funding.

HUD’s CDBG Program provides eligible metropolitan cities and urban counties with annual grants to be used for neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, to expand economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services. All projects and programs must principally benefit low-and moderate-income persons.

HUD’s HOME Program is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Each year it allocates approximately $2 billion nationwide.

For more information about the City’s CDBG and HOME grant programs, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/CDBG.