Grants Pass receives HUD invitation
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has offered the City of Grants Pass an invitation to the Community Development Block Grant Program because Grants Pass is now considered an urbanized area.
City Grant Administrator Scott Lindberg gave a presentation to council during their Monday workshop about the federal program which would grant the city approximately $274,000 annually. The money could then be used for three main purposes; to help the lower and middle income populations, to prevent or correct urban blight and to prevent a health or welfare disaster.
The city was offered the invitation in late August and council has until Sept. 20 to accept the invitation. That would be followed by the creation of a consolidation plan, signing the grant agreement, implementing the program and then performing an annual update in order to receive the funding in Oct. 2014.
Lindberg pointed out the city currently receives some HUD funding from the state and these are often in bulk payments but going with the federal grant would allow more project flexibility. When asked by Mayor Darin Fowler his personal opinion on the options, Lindberg said he would go with the federal HUD grant.
Councilors will vote on the acceptance of the HUD invitation during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in council chambers.