Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a commitment of $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the city of Springfield.
The grant dollars will be used for the redevelopment of East High Street, an African-American neighborhood that has a high concentration of dilapidated housing.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD. GOLD administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.
Governor Fletcher said 22 families will be affected by the project. “Every Kentuckian deserves a decent and safe place to live. With these funds, Springfield will be able to rehabilitate one family’s home, reconstruct another 13 homes and relocate eight additional households into better housing.
“We are pleased to enter into this project with the city of Springfield,” added Governor Fletcher.
GOLD Commissioner Darrell Brock said this year approximately $3.7 million in CDBG funds will be leveraged with other grant and loan dollars to help low-to-moderate income Kentuckians improve their living conditions.
Eligible activities in the housing component of the CDBG program include the rehabilitation of homes, clearance and reconstruction of seriously dilapidated homes, new construction for homebuyer affordability, and public facility activities such as water and sewer lines, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and street re-paving.