The Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday, May 15, to approve plans for the Community Development Block Grant, an annual allocation Gainesville receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
This year’s $470,338 grant will be used to improve infrastructure such as parking lots, sidewalks and sanitary and storm sewers, as well as assist income-eligible homeowners with repairs.
The program is expected to generate about $30,000 in income, and $100,067 has been budgeted for program administration, according to the plan published on the city’s website. The majority of the grant, $355,000, has been set aside for public facilities and infrastructure, according to the plan.
Assistance will be offered to people or families with incomes up to but not greater than 80 percent of the median income in the city. The plan also includes steps to engage the public, such as providing documents in languages other than English and offering residents the opportunity to comment.
Funds from the grant are usually spent within a year. The city received $412,753 for the program last year, according to Jessica Tullar, special projects manager with Gainesville’s community development department.