LIMA — Lima City Council’s Economic and Community Development committee got a chance to hear about proposals to spend Community Development Block Grant/HOME funds.
“This funding is granted to the city from HUD and it is really to help improve the city and neighborhoods to positively impact life for low to moderate income residents,” said Susan Crotty, Community Development Director for the City of Lima.
The committee is in the process of identifying what projects the full council should earmark for funding.
Crotty says there’s a little more than a million dollars in CDBG funds allocated to the city for the coming year and another $300,000 in HOME funding.
The amount of money the city receives is based on the percentage of people living in poverty, whether the city is growing or not and the age of the homes in the city.
“We have taken applications and reviewed them and we did not get any new applications this year. We received applications from all of the agencies that received funding last year,” said Crotty.
There were 14 proposals for more than $3.6 million under the CDBG program.
“Obviously we can’t fund all of them,” said Crotty.
Some of those requesting money are the West Ohio Community Action Partnership. They provide some programming for the city and handle the Fair Housing Program.
Applications were also submitted by New Lima Housing for HOME funds.
The city’s public works department also submitted a proposal for funding for demolition of dilapidated structures also for street improvements and property maintenance code enforcement activities.
Much of the discussion from the general public centered around providing more money to demolish those dilapidated homes on Lima’s south side.
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