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Lee Jones
(206) 220-5356 (work)
or (804) 363-7018 (cell)
www.hud.gov/washington
For Release
Tuesday
September 1, 2009

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HUD OKAYS ALMOST $20.2 MILLION IN RECOVER ACT GRANTS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND JOB GROWTH IN 38 ALASKA, IDAHO, OREGON & WASHINGTON COMMUNITIES
All Recovery Act Community Development Block Grants are now awarded and at work; Funding brings HUD's awarded Recovery Act total to over $10 billion

WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced that HUD has given final approval to plans from 38 units of state and local government in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to utilize almost $20.2 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-R) funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (See details by jurisdiction below) 

Nationwide, today HUD gave final approval was given to plans from more than 500 communities to utilize $620 million in CDBG-R funds. The Recovery Act allocated a total of $1 billion for the CDBG-R program. In July, 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, working to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods.

"Today, I am proud to announce that HUD has moved quickly to obligate more than $10 billion in Recovery Act funds," said 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."

The Northwest communities whose CDBG-R plans were approved today include:

Alaska State of Alaska $679,936
Idaho Boise $348,831
  Coeur d'Alene $82,719
  State of Idaho $2,292,438
  Idaho Falls $109,234
  Lewiston $71,950
  Meridian $64,584
  Nampa $144,571
  Pocatello $134,733
Oregon Ashland $55,622
  Beaverton $164,057
  Bend $116,890
  Clackamas County $569,949
  Corvallis $145,487
  Eugene $371,021
  Gresham $236,604
  Hillsboro $175,988
  Medford $166,819
  Multnomah County $81,318
  State of Oregon $3,837,579
  Portland $2,726,586
  Salem $390,778
  Springfield $164,302
  Washington County $539,537
Washington Auburn $108,877
  Bremerton $147,993
  Clark County $365,690
  Everett $249,826
  Federal Way $194,128
  Longview $98,660
  Mount Vernon $86,724
  Pasco $163,082
  Renton $123,689
  Shoreline $93,491
  Vancouver $359,367
  State of Washington $4,123,767
  Wenatchee $90,586
  Yakima $317,515

CDBG enables state and local governments to undertake a wide range of activities intended to create suitable living environments, provide affordable housing and create economic opportunities. Under the Recovery Act, recipients give priority to prudent and responsible projects for which contracts through a bidding process within 120 days of the grant agreement.

HUD is committed to implementing Recovery Act investments swiftly and effectively, with the goal of generating tens of thousands of jobs and helping the families and communities hardest hit by the economic crisis. The Recovery Act includes $13.61 billion for projects and programs administered by HUD, most of which is funneled through existing programs, such as the Community Development Block Grant program. Nearly 75 percent of that funding was allocated to state and local recipients only eight days after President Obama signed the Act into law. Now, just over six months later, HUD has obligated, or awarded, nearly 75 percent of that funding to states and communities across the country. $10 billion out of $13.6 billion is now in the hands of grantees, available for spending.

President Obama directed all Recovery Act funding to be spent responsibly and in a transparent manner in order to provide a necessary economic boost, create jobs, and strengthen America's middle class. In a letter to CDBG recipients of Recovery Act funds, Donovan wrote, "In accepting these funds, it is imperative that you be good stewards of these precious taxpayer dollars by focusing your efforts on the Recovery Act goals of investing in infrastructure that will create or sustain jobs in the near-term and generate maximum economic benefits in the long-term."

Since 1974, CDBG has provided more than $127 billion to state and local governments to target their own community development priorities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing and the construction and improvement of public facilities have traditionally been the largest uses of CDBG funds, although the program is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities. Annual CDBG funds are distributed to communities according to statutory formulas based on population, poverty, pre-1940 housing stock, growth lag, and housing overcrowding.

Secretary Donovan and the Department are committed to providing the highest level of transparency possible as Recovery Act funds are administered. It is vitally important that the American people are fully aware of how their tax dollars are being spent and can hold their federal leaders accountable. Every dollar of Recovery Act funds HUD spends can be reviewed and tracked at HUD's Recovery Act website. The full text of HUD's funding notices and tracking of future performance of these grants is also available at HUD's Recovery Act website.

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HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

 
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