West Hartford Officials To Seek Ideas For Community Grant Projects At Hearing

Town officials are looking for ideas on how to spend an anticipated $875,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant money and will hold two public hearings in February.

Community Development Block Grant program coordinator Theresa Lerner said town officials are waiting to hear on the final allotment from HUD, but last year’s funding was roughly $875,000. Lerner said town officials anticipate they will know the final amount at the end of January.

The federal grant program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs, giving annual grants on a formula basis to 1,200 local governments and states, according to HUD.

Previous funding has been used to support the town’s food pantry, help volunteer services and assist the Hillcrest Area Neighborhood Outreach Center, Lerner said. Lerner said funding can be used to refurbish roads, beautify an area, or provide loans to people on fixed or limited incomes.

This year’s funding must be used during the upcoming fiscal year, Lerner said. HUD determines the amount of each grant by community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, and other measures.

The public hearings are scheduled for Feb. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 110 of the Elmwood Community Center, 1035 New Britain Ave. and Feb. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. in room 217 of West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St.

Anyone with disabilities or those who may need special assistance in order to participate in the public hearings should contact Lerner at 860-561-7575 or by email at theresa.lerner@westhartfordct.gov.

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