County Board sets priorities for housing funds

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved priorities Dec. 9 for use of federal housing funds that the county will receive.

The priorities are part of the five-year plan, which describes community needs, resources, and priorities to be undertaken with Community Development (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) program funds. The funds are from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

To create the priorities, the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has met with several stakeholder groups including the HRA board, the CDBG Citizen Advisory Committee, and Resident Advisory Boards. HRA staff also surveyed the Housing Collaborative, the Homelessness Prevention committee, and cities and townships. Based on the information collected, the HRA recommends the following priorities for program funds:
Home Ownership;
Rental Housing;
Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing (including emergency shelters);
Services and Housing for Special Populations (persons with mental illness, chemical dependency or physical disabilities and public housing residents);
Public Improvements (sidewalks, street improvements, water/sewer improvements and flood drainage facilities);
Public Services (homelessness prevention and intervention); and
Economic Development.

These recommendations represent a change from previous plans, and focus only on high funding priorities in the program.


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