Later this month Meridian City Council will be deciding on how the city allocates roughly $389,000 worth of federal grant money. The Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, program, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development , provides communities with resources to address unique community development needs.
On Tuesday, staff presented the recommendations made by the a scoring committee — comprised of residents, city employees, and a county employee. The committee picked applications from seven programs, two of which had not received CDBG grants before.
The committee recommended the following requests:
n $13,000 for the Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Program. It would be used to fund scholarships for children to participate in extended care programs.
n $16,000 for the CATCH, Inc. SOAR Application Program. It would be used to fund coordination and assistance for people applying for Social Security Disability Insurance who are experiencing homelessness and have a mental health disorder.
n $13,500 for the Pathways Community Crisis Center. It would be used to provide stabilization to adults experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.
n $21,000 for the The Jesse Tree of Idaho’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. It would be used for one-time rental assistance to Meridian residents who are at immediate risk of homelessness.
n $30,000 for the ACHA Homeownership Program. It would provide funding to supplement the down payment and closing costs associated with purchasing a home in Meridian.
n $115,662 for the Public Works Streetlights. The funding would upgrade or install streetlights along walking routes Meridian schools.
n $180,000 for the Meridian Development Corporation sidewalk improvements. The funding would pay for improvements along East Third Street in the downtown Meridian area.
Organizations were invited to apply for CDBG funding between March 15 and April 14.
Meridian City Council will hear presentations from several of the recommended organizations at its June 4 meeting. At that meeting the public will be able to comment on the recommendations. The public comment period will close on July 16.
Staff plan to present the plan to HUD on July 31 for approval.