County Submits Report on Community Development Block Grants – Henry County Times

After investing nearly $1.6 million in federal funds to help residents in need in the program’s final year, Henry County officials submitted the required documentation to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. describing where and how that money was spent.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted at its regular meeting on September 20 to authorize submission of the report regarding its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The vote took place after a public hearing, another federal government requirement for participation.

Sixteen households and more than 29,000 residents were served during the program year, according to officials who briefed program commissioners. As indicated in the report, particular attention has been paid to services for people with very low incomes as well as those with special needs. The majority of grants were invested in partnership with local organizations through aid to established nonprofits.

Officials said projects have been started with ten different agencies, through which the county has been able to help food banks, homeless shelters, subsistence payment programs and youth services.

Working with A Friend’s House, Inc. and Haven House, the county provided housing assistance to 1,566 homeless people. In collaboration with Africa’s Children’s Fund and Connecting Henry, 426 households received assistance with support.

Public facilities and infrastructure improvements were also an important item. This includes Smith Barnes Sewer Basin Improvements, Greenview Homes Sewer Improvements, Town of McDonough Sidewalk Improvements, City of Hampton Sidewalk and Street Improvements, and Housing Retrofit Activities public with Hampton and McDonough housing authorities.

After hearing the presentation, the Board voted unanimously to send the report to HUD. Copies of the 2021 fiscal year CAPER are available at public facilities across the county as well as online at http://www.co.henry.ga.us/Departments/AC/Community-Development.

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Norma P. Rex