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St. Louis County Announces 2009 CDBG Grant Award

Categories: 2008 Press Releases | Author: Peggy Carlson | Posted: 11/10/2008 | Views: 21565

PRESS RELEASE

 

November 7, 2008                                           CONTACT:     Barbara Hayden, Director

                                                                                                Planning & Development Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Duluth, MN   (218) 725-5000

 

St. Louis County Board Announces 2009 Grants Awards

 

The St. Louis County Board has approved awards of over $3.1 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the County‚Äôs Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs. St. Louis County secures funding and administers these programs.  Grant funds are primarily used for affordable housing, human services, public facilities, infrastructure improvements, and economic development activities.

 

The $2.3 million CDBG program focuses primarily on bricks and mortar projects. Funds are targeted to assist low and moderate income individuals and families with the intent of creating viable communities. Awards are made to St. Louis County communities and non-profit agencies. The City of Duluth receives separate HUD funding.

 

Seventh District County Commissioner Steve Raukar, chair of the St. Louis County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and a member of the original committee that worked on attaining CDBG status in 1992, stated, "In retrospect, attaining CDBG entitlement status with the help of Congressman Oberstar and the late Senator Wellstone has proven to be one of the most significant success stories we have played a role in. It has made it possible for St. Louis County to award grants totaling $40 million, and leveraging four times as much to cities and non-profits to address housing, public infrastructure needs, to assist with economic development projects and job creation and to support community public services. This is but another example of how partnering with other units of government can produce dividends for the greater public good.  I think it's important that when we send our money to Washington, that some of it comes back to taxpayers."

 

Following is the list of 2009 St. Louis County CDBG Projects:

 

HOUSING

 

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) Single Family Housing Rehabilitation

400,000

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity Program Site Acquisition

70,000

Northern Communities Land Trust

110,000

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Northeast Entrepreneur Fund (NEEF) Microenterprise and Small Business Development

60,000

SOAR Career Solutions Lifeworks Job Placement/Retention

19,500

 

PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENT

 

Public Infrastructure

 

     Aurora Utility Line Improvement

75,000

     Biwabik Reconstruction of Watermain Trunkline /Elimination of I&I Sources

75,000

     Buhl Sanitary Sewer Replacement

100,000

     Cook Well Replacement

220,000

     Ely Central Avenue Utilities

175,000

     Eveleth Ground Storage Reservoir

121,150

     Hibbing Public Utilities Infrastructure Repairs

200,000

     McKinley Storm Sewer/Street Repair

50,000

     Mountain Iron Storm Sewer Replacement

50,000

     Tower North Area Infrastructure

100,000

Neighborhood Revitalization

 

     SLC Neighborhood Revitalization Program

199,930

 

PUBLIC SERVICE

 

AEOA Homeless Shelter

45,000

AEOA Homeownership Assistance Program

17,000

AEOA Raising Our Children's Kids (ROCK)

8,000

Hibbing Salvation Army Melting Pot Meals Program

15,000

Legal Aid Housing Counseling, Information & Litigation Project

43,500

Life House -Proctor House Transitional Housing

23,250

Range Transitional Housing Programs

42,000

Range Women's Advocates Children's Program

24,000

Sexual Assault Program of NSLC Youth Outreach Services

25,250

SOAR Career Solutions Employment Training

18,000

Virginia Salvation Army

15,000

 

TOTAL FY09 CDBG ALLOCATION

 

2,301,580

 

HOME funding of $725,000 will support home ownership assistance and housing development programs serving the Northeast Minnesota HOME Consortium consisting of Lake, Cook, Koochiching, Itasca and St. Louis Counties and ESG funding of $107,000 supporting homeless shelter operations, essential services, and homeless prevention activities in St. Louis County.

 

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