City Receives $800,000 from Community Development Grant Program
WASHINGTON--Today, U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz announced more than $800,000 in funding awarded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the City of Brownsville from the Community Development Grant Program.
“Through our Community Development Grant Program, we continue to stimulate our economy, while making jobs available for residents of South Texas,” Ortiz said. “These funds can create suitable living environments, provide affordable housing and create economic opportunities in Brownsville.”
The City of Brownsville will receive $881,400, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Today, I am proud to announce that HUD has moved quickly to obligate more than $10 billion in Recovery Act funds,” said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Nearly three quarters of our Recovery Act funds are now available to communities across the country and are being put to work creating jobs, making homes more energy efficient, and strengthening neighborhoods.”
Brownsville is one of 500 communities to receive funding totaling $620 million in the Community Development Grant Program.
Under the Recovery Act, recipients apply for funding for priority projects for which contracts can be awarded through a bidding process within 120 days of the grant agreement.
The Recovery Act made available a total of $1 billion through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. On July 16, HUD announced the first round of grants under this program to nearly 700 communities, totaling $360 million. With today’s announcement, all $1 billion are now in the hands of communities.
For more information about this grant, go to www.hud.gov.