WARNER ROBINS -- About 15 Warner Robins nonprofit leaders pled their cases Tuesday morning for city-issued funds, which a city official said may remain level this year for the first time in recent history.
“It’s looking like we might be getting about the same as we did last year,” said Sherri Windham, director of the city’s Community Development Block Grant program. “It makes planning a lot easier.”
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which primarily funds the Community Development Block Grant program, recently estimated the amount at $434,000.
For the second year, organizations requesting funds in the public services category of the CDBG program were asked to attend a public hearing to describe their services, backgrounds and other application requirements to a committee.
A second public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at City Hall to review a draft of the CDBG distributions. Mayor and council must review and approve a final draft before it is sent to HUD by May 15.
The HUD funds weren’t finalized until May last year. The remaining funds are from city-issued housing loans, Windham said. Fifteen percent of the program funds are distributed in the public services category.
Federal funding has declined for the past few years, Windham said. However, the recent HUD estimate is promising.
“I think what helped us out was (that) this year they used the 2010 Census,” Windham said. “They had been using the 2000 Census,” which showed about 18,000 fewer residents than the 2010 Census.
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