SUBURBAN NEWS: Nineteen projects receive Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Montgomery County Commissioners announced that nineteen projects in the county will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The CDBG program provides annual, formula-based grants to states, cities, and counties to develop livable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunity, primarily for low- and middle-income people.

The grants represent $2,335,808, funding eight municipal improvement projects, seven utility projects, three housing renovation projects and fair housing compliance.

The Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development releases an RFP cycle in the first quarter of each year. In 2022, the county received requests totaling $3,651,684 in requests from municipalities, nonprofits, and utility organizations.

Projects were evaluated in terms of impact, completeness, feasibility, consistency of county and local planning, project readiness, and funding attributes. Projects have also received increased attention when it comes to addressing housing affordability and neighborhood revitalization impacting historically marginalized populations.

A maximum of 15% of the annual CDBG grant received by Montgomery County can be used for utilities. Montgomery County prioritizes public services that help homeless people, including agencies that meet the specific needs of veterans, transitioning youth, and victims of domestic violence or human trafficking.

The nineteen projects subsidized in 2022 are:

Borough of Bridgeport

Borough-wide street improvements: $200,000

Borough of East Greenville

Blaker Drive Street Improvements: $200,000

Family Promise of Mainline Emergency Shelter Operations for Households with Children: $30,000

Montgomery County Family Promise

Emergency shelter operations for households with children: $40,000

Genesis Housing Corporation Homeowner Building Repair Program: $200,000

Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania Fair Housing Compliance & Training: $50,000

Indian Creek Foundation

Building renovations: $60,000

Borough of Jenkintown

Sidewalk Improvements – Sidewalk Ramps: $200,000

Laurel House emergency shelter operations for households fleeing domestic violence: $37,500

Renovation of Montgomery County Housing Authority Buildings: $200,000

North Hills Collective

Education and recreation program for young people: $25,000

Borough of Pottstown Storm Sewer Improvements: $200,000

Resources for Single Adult Human Development Emergency Shelter Operations: $72,000

Borough of Royersford

Church Street Improvements: $64,458

Norristown Salvation Army

Emergency shelter operations for households with children: $133,850

Salvation Army in Pottstown

Emergency shelter operations for households with children: $158,650

Springfield Township

Willow Grove Avenue Blight Removal: $78,950

Borough of West Conshohocken Sidewalk Improvements – Sidewalk Ramps: $185,400

Township of West Pottsgrove

Sanitary Sewer Improvements: $200,000

For more information about the Community Development Block Grant program and other funding opportunities from the Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development, visit: www.montcopa.org/415/Funding-Opportunities. If you have any questions about this program, contact Terrence McMullen at: (610) 278-3540 or [email protected].

Norma P. Rex