Mar 31 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $32 MILLION FOR ALABAMA COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the State of Alabama will receive $32,588,088 in federal funding for economic stimulus, help for the homeless, and assistance for families and individuals with HIV/AIDS. These funds have been awarded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) and include the following:

$30,047,474 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The rehabilitation of affordable housing has traditionally been the largest single use of these grants, although CDBG is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities. CDBG funds are distributed by formula around the country based on a community’s population, income levels, poverty rates and the age of its housing stock. For more information on how these funds are distributed, please contact the CDBG Program at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, (334)242-0492.

$1,401,614 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds. Emergency Shelter Grants help local communities to meet the basic shelter needs of homeless individuals and families. These grants also provide transitional housing and a variety of support services designed to move the homeless away from a life on the street toward permanent housing. This block grant program, in concert with more than $1 billion HUD awards by competition, helps thousands of local homeless assistance programs to help those who would otherwise call the streets their home. For more information on how these funds are distributed, please contact the Community Services Division at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, (334)242-5453.

$1,139,000 for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). HOPWA grants are distributed based on the number of AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These grants provide rental assistance and support services to individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families. In addition, the HOPWA program also helps many communities develop strategic AIDS housing plans and fill in gaps in local systems of care. For more information on how these funds are distributed, please contact AIDS Alabama at (800)592-2437.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that HUD has dedicated these funds to improve economic and housing opportunities for many Alabamians. I am hopeful Alabama’s low-income families will see a tremendous benefit from these grants.”