August 31, 2007

Public Invited to Learn About Funds for Neighborhood Improvements

Ten Meetings Scheduled Throughout the County in September

The County of San Diego’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) invites residents and local organizations to attend one of several meetings to get information about approximately $11.6 million in federal funds for community development and affordable housing.

County staff will provide information, explain how to apply for the funds and answer questions at ten meetings in September in the county’s unincorporated communities and at HCD’s Kearny Mesa Office.

HCD also administers funds for the incorporated cities of Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista. Contact cities individually for information about their meetings and application deadlines.

The funds are provided through four U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Approximately $4.8 million is available from the CDBG program, which focuses on improving and revitalizing low-income communities. Eligible projects include street upgrades, community centers, parks, youth and senior centers, water and drainage improvements, and housing rehabilitation loans.

The other three programs fund affordable housing and homeless assistance projects, including services for people living with HIV or AIDS. Application deadlines vary.

For additional information, contact April Torbett in Housing and Community Development at (858) 694-4885, or visit the “Community Partners” section of the department’s website at www.sdhcd.com.

People who need assistance to participate in the meetings, such as non-English speakers and hearing or visually impaired individuals, should call staff at least five days prior to the meeting to make special arrangements.

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