[r76] Rep. McNamara: District 76 Awarded Two Community Development Grants (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All Day
End Date: 7/13/2011

Rep. McNamara: District 76 Awarded Two Community Development Grants

STATEHOUSE - Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mount Vernon) congratulated District 76 for receiving two Community Focus Fund grants today. The City of Mount Vernon received $524,287 today for their storm water project and the Town of Poseyville received $150,000 for a fire rescue truck.

"I am pleased that two communities in our district are being awarded community development grants. Funding both of these projects will enhance these communities," said Rep. McNamara.

The rescue truck will go to Robb Township Fire Department which serves Poseyville.  The grant will go toward constructing a new truck, since the old rescue truck was out-of-date and posed safety issues. The new truck will have necessary lighting and will be able to operate more effectively.

The Community Focus Fund (CFF) is funded with federal Community Development Block Grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The goal of the CFF program is to encourage communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development.

The funds help rural communities with a variety of projects, such as sewer and water systems, community centers, health and safety programs and many others. The overall goal of these funds is to help communities improve the quality of life and ensure the health and safety of their citizens.

To qualify, a community leader can apply to receive funds based on the following criteria:

-          the area has a substantial low- and moderate-income population (51 percent or greater)

-          the project addresses the long-term planning and development efforts for the community

-          funds granted will have a significant impact on the proposed project

-          the project is ready to proceed and will be completed within 18 months after being awarded

"These communities are very deserving and I know they will put the money to good use, ultimately helping to improve the lives of residents," Said Rep. McNamara.

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