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Federal dollars hit home
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Two local municipalities learned they got a share of a federally funded “pot of gold”  Friday when Gov. Sonny Perdue announced nearly $42 million in federal grants had been awarded to the state.
Granted through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the money will be used to support the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program and Community HOME Investment Program. Both help provide services to improve the lives of Georgians.
More than $34.2 million will be invested into the CDBG program to assist with water and sewer improvements, senior citizen facilities, initiatives for at-risk children, projects for mentally and physically challenged residents and replacement or rehabilitation of sub-standard and dilapidated housing in 71 communities across the state.
One of the communities is Ludowici. It will receive $295,316 for water improvements.
According to Perdue, these CDBG funds are “an essential financial resource” to smaller cities like Ludowici, which otherwise would not have the money necessary to meet the needs of its residents.
The other $7.5 million in federal aide will assist 23 communities increase the supply of safe and affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents, as well as help five other communities fund housing-related projects in revitalization areas, through the state’s Community HOME Investment Program.
Walthourville, where the city council decided in April to begin seeking new ways to create affordable housing in the municipality, will receive $299,924 of this funding to recover homes decaying in the city.
While there were larger (and smaller) grants allotted to other cities and counties, Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty said all of the funds play a role in making Georgia better for everyone.
“Today’s announcement provides a tangible example of how federal and state partners can work together to support our local communities,” Beatty said in a statement. “Each year, CDBG and CHIP programs finance projects that move Georgia’ communities forward.”
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