Housing agency gets almost $10 million in federal grants

Monday, April 19, 2010 at 12:54pm
Staff reports

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is set to receive nearly $10 million in federal funding this year.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that MDHA would receive $9,779,410 in the 2010 fiscal year.

The bulk of that — nearly $5.4 million — will be in Community Development Block Grants. CDBG is the basic building block of HUD funding, providing communities with grants awarded based on demographic data. Those funds are often used for housing and public facilities improvement.

MDHA also received $3.2 million exclusively for the creation of affordable housing, and $218,000 to build emergency homeless shelters.

And MDHA took in more than $900,000 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS grants. The HOPWA program gives communities funding to develop housing strategies for HIV/AIDS patients and to provide rental assistance for them and their families.