Clay, Yancey counties win $500K community block grants

Written by on September 28, 2012 in Clay, Community, Jobs and the Economy, Outside Sources, Yancey
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Funds to help build senior center, park for seniors

Press release from Gov. Bev Perdue’s office, shared Sept. 27:

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that 21 counties and communities were awarded NC Catalyst Community Development Block Grants to upgrade various transportation, housing, economic development and public neighborhood projects. The NC Catalyst grant funds are provided through a federal interagency partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation. Catalyst funds are dedicated for projects serving persons of low- and moderate-incomes.

“These projects revitalize our communities and improve the lives of so many North Carolinians,” said Gov. Bev Perdue.  “We’re proud of our local governments and their efforts to strengthen all aspects of their communities, and for the federal government’s assistance in doing that.”

The Division of Community Assistance, a division of North Carolina Department of Commerce, administers the CDBG NC Catalyst program. The following local governments have recently been awarded funds:

Wayne County has been awarded $500,000 to revitalize an area in Dudley that will include rehabilitation, acquisition, and public infrastructure.

The city of Kinston has been awarded $100,000 to demolish and clear dilapidated buildings that have been a blight on the community. This will allow them the opportunity to start looking at redevelopment options to help stabilize this community.

The town of Selma has been awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate a public facility in order to better coordinate activities with several partners to assist at-risk children.

The city of Lumberton has been awarded $500,000 to construct a soup kitchen and emergency shelter in conjunction with a local non-profit partner. This will replace the current dilapidated facility.

The city of Whiteville has been awarded $500,000 to clear and rehabilitate 18 single-family homes.

The town of Dobbins Heights has been awarded $500,000 to construct a community center and partner with local and county agencies to provide services for town citizens.

Anson County has been awarded $448,134 to demolish and clear dilapidated housing units, as well as repair and relocate a senior center.

The town of Williamston has been awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate a Rosenwald school for a community center in conjunction with other community partners.

The town of Mount Gilead has been awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate approximately three homes and the Highland Community Center. The funds will also be used for emergency repair.

Lenoir County has been awarded $500,000 to revitalize a neighborhood near LaGrange. The project will provide public infrastructure and housing improvements.

Columbus County has been awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate, reconstruct and demolish various housing units, as well as construct a recreational walking trail.

Jones County has been awarded $500,000 to revitalize an area in Pollocksville in the northeastern part of Jones County. This will include rehabilitation, acquisition, and public infrastructure.

Clay County has been awarded $500,000 to construct a community park for seniors in the town of Hayesville. The county has entered into an inter-local agreement between the county and the town of Hayesville to carry out the activities.

The city of Elizabeth City has been awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate a former middle school in order to use the facility for activities for at-risk youth. They are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club and the Police Athletic League.

The city of Belmont has been awarded $250,000 to pay for water and sewer improvements for single family housing units in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County.

The town of East Spencer has been awarded $500,000 for rehabilitation and emergency repair of approximately 15 houses.

The city of Shelby has been awarded $500,000 for acquisition, rehabilitation, clearance, public facility improvements and home buyer counseling.
The town of Bladenboro has been awarded $500,000 to acquire, demolish and construct a new senior center.

Lincoln County has been awarded $500,000 to renovate a historic Rosenwald school that was the first African American School in Lincolnton. The school will be used by the Head Start Program and the Boys and Girls Club.

The town of Marshville has been awarded $500,000 for housing rehabilitation and emergency repair for approximately 15 homes.

Yancey County has been awarded $500,000 to partner with the Committee on Aging to construct a new senior center. This grant will be leveraging approximately $1.5 million in additional funds.

Learn more about the Community Block Development Grants program at www.nccommerce.com/cd.

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