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Community Development Block Grant Funding Announced
September 18, 2018

More than $10.9 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) has been awarded for the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Halifax, Lee, Northumberland, and Washington, and the city of Salem and the towns of Blackstone, Chase City, Lebanon, Luray, Marion, Pocahontas, and Smithfield. According to an announcement from the office of Governor Ralph Northam, the 14 localities will receive funding for water and sewer, downtown revitalization and housing rehabilitation projects.

“Community Development Block Grants are a key resource to help communities fund economic and community development projects that address their local needs and help build the Virginia economy,” said Governor Northam. “With these grants, we can assist localities to make improvements to create vibrant spaces for all Virginia citizens to live and do business.”

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $18.5 million annually for this grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. During this year’s competitive cycle for CDBG funding, 21 proposals were submitted, and 12 projects received the initial funding. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.

Three projects will be funded through the CDBG Construction-Ready Water and Sewer Fund, which provides assistance to projects providing public water or sewer service to communities made up of at least 60 percent low- to moderate-income households. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from January 1 through the end of September.

2018 CDBG Competitive Awards:

Town of Blackstone
East End Neighborhood Improvement Project

Buchanan County
Paw Paw Waterline Extension

Town of Chase City
Endly Street Community Project

Dickenson County
Trammel Community Revitalization

Halifax County
Meadville Road Housing Rehabilitation

Town of Lebanon
Town of Lebanon Downtown Revitalization

Lee County
Giles Hollow Water Project – Phase I

Town of Luray
Luray Meadows

Town of Marion
Sheffey Street Housing Rehabilitation

Northumberland County
Callao Business District Revitalization

City of Salem
Downtown Salem

Town of Smithfield
Pinewood Heights Relocation Project – Phase IV

2018 CDBG Construction Ready Water and Sewer Fund Awards:

Lee County
The Fields Waterline Replacement Project

Town of Pocahontas
Town of Pocahontas – Greater Tazewell to Pocahontas Water Supply Project – Phase IV

Washington County
Rattle Creek Water System

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