Community grant offers programs for low-income families

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

June 30, 2013 at 1:30 a.m.
Updated July 1, 2013 at 2:01 a.m.

Victoria City Council members have called a public hearing at the Tuesday meeting to discuss a one-year plan for a Community Development Block Grant.

The federal grant, totaling more than $560,000, will be used to build suitable housing for low- to moderate-income residents.

Council members have budgeted an additional $61,000, which may be used to make park, sidewalk and street improvements, according to information from the city.

Grant money will be divided into several areas of focus, including affordable housing, neighborhood programs, public services, public facilities and improvements and program administration.

Under the affordable housing program category, the grant covers a mortgage assistance program that allows four first-time home buyers to apply for $2,500 mortgage assistance grants to offset down payments and closing fees on residential purchases.

The Community Development Grant also covers public service programs such as the Salvation Army: Eviction Prevention Assistance, which will allow about 50 low-income individuals to apply for up to $500 to prevent eviction.

Many of the programs included in the grant are intended to improve living and community conditions for low-wage earners in Victoria.



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