05/14/04 — HUD grant could benefit Goldsboro, Wayne County

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HUD grant could benefit Goldsboro, Wayne County

By Sam Atkins
Published in News on May 14, 2004 2:01 PM

Goldsboro and Wayne County could benefit from grants totaling $78.4 million that North Carolina is receiving from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole announced Wednesday that N.C. will receive the money to strengthen the state's communities through development projects and home ownership initiatives.

The grants will be distributed as follows, according to a release from Sen. Dole's office:

*Community Development Block Grant -- $52,465,304. The program provides annual grants to state and local governments for housing and expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income people.

Olivia Hill with the N.C. Division of Community Assistance said Wayne County is eligible for the funds, but not for this program year.

It could receive money in 2005 if it submits an application. The county has over $1.5 million available for spending from the grant dating back to 2001, she said.

*HOME Investment Partnership -- $21,526,782. Margaret Matrone with the N.C. Housing Finance Agency said that Goldsboro and Wayne County form a consortium that qualifies for HOME funds.

This year, the city and county qualify to receive a total of $298,829.

*Emergency Shelter Grant Program -- $2,359,410. The program provides annual grants to state, local and private entities to improve the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.

Janet McLamb with the N.C. Office of Economic Opportunity said that two facilities in Wayne County have applied for grants to receive a portion of the $2.3 million, and she expects that they will receive it for the year beginning July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005.

The Salvation Army should receive $9,871 and the Lighthouse of Wayne County battered women's shelter should receive $16,452.

*Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program -- $2,082,000. The program provides housing assistance and related support services to local governments, states and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.

John Peebles with the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health said that Wayne County citizens are eligible for services under this program through the Eastern North Carolina HIV/AIDS Consortium, which is based in Pitt County and serves eight others, including Wayne.

He expects $61,789 of the over $2 million to go into the consortium.