Binghamton to consider nearly $300,000 in grant awards to local agencies to support 2014 programs for those in need

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Binghamton to consider nearly $300,000 in grant awards to local agencies to support 2014 programs for those in need

November 18, 2013 Updated Nov 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Monday night, City Council will consider proposed grant awards totaling nearly $300,000 to local agencies to support critical programs serving those in need.

According to a news release:

The annual awarding of CDBG and ESG dollars to local non-profits supports innovative programs for the 2014 calendar year that will assist with education, healthcare, youth engagement, employment, emergency shelter housing, and homeless prevention.

“With Council support, we budgeted $180,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and about $115,000 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds to support agencies that care for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Mayor Matt Ryan. “City Council and this administration agree that non-profits play a key role in improving the health and well-being of our citizens, and I’m pleased to announce these awards to deserving organizations that care for residents in our community.”

At tonight’s Work Session, City Council will consider approving allocations of CDBG and ESG funds for 2014 to the agencies listed below. Grant awards are based upon a competitive procurement process. The administration’s recommendations are based on an extensive review process, and reflect input from impartial members serving on the Board for the Coalition for the Homeless of the Southern Tier, City Youth Bureau Board, and the City’s Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC). The CDAC includes residents appointed by Council members and the Mayor.

City Council approved the nearly $300,000 in allocations this past summer when it adopted the City’s FY39 Annual Auction Plan, a document that outlines how the City intends to spend the millions of dollars in federal HUD grants it receives each year.

“We always make sure we have a fair, open, and competitive process for these limited funds, and we thank the many community members who participated in the review and selection process,” said Tarik Abdelazim, Director of Planning, Housing, and Community Development. “We feel confident these programs and agencies will make the most effective use of our limited federal dollars, and provide a tremendous service for those in need, specifically our youth, seniors, and low-income working families and individuals.”

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