WASHINGTON - Weirton will receive $377,063 in Community Development Block Grant funds as part of a $26 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development package coming to West Virginia, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall announced Friday.
The funds will be used to develop sustainable communities and expand economic opportunities by improving neighborhood facilities and services. It also will provide housing assistance.
"As West Virginians, we pride ourselves on our long-lasting philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors and supporting those who are in need," said Manchin. "We should do everything we can to make sure that our neighbors have the resources they need to get back on their feet, contribute to their communities and provide for their families, and that starts with the basic necessity of housing. Not only will these funds provide support for West Virginians in need, but it will also establish strategies that will boost local and regional economies through community development and revitalization projects."
"Housing programs in West Virginia are vital to the stability and well-being of so many families," Rockefeller said. "This much-needed funding will help support jobs and create affordable homes for people across our state."
"This HUD funding is important to our cities like Huntington, which have found innovative ways to put Community Development Block Grants to good use in revitalizing communities and bringing new life to whole neighborhoods," Rahall said. "Every $1 in Community Development Block Grants leverages $3 in additional private and public investments. Short-sighted cuts by Congressional Republicans in Washington ignore the long-term success of these funds - that isn't penny wise, but it sure remains pound foolish. These are important investments that I continue to champion in helping to strengthen our local economy and improve the quality of life for all West Virginians."
Various HUD program will provide funding to regions throughout the state. CDBG funding will be used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand housing development and improve community facilities and services. Home Investment Partnerships funding will be used to increase home ownership and affordable housing opportunities. Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS will provide housing assistance for those living with HIV and AIDS. Emergency Solutions Grants will provide emergency shelter and homeless management.
Wheeling will receive approximately $1.13 million in CDBG funds and $265,200 in HOME funds.
Charleston will receive approximately $1.39 million in CDBG funds, $503,00 in HOME funds and $342,900 in HOPWA funds. Huntington will receive approximately $1.56 million in CDBG, $131,000 in emergency funds and $588,500 in HOME funds. Martinsburg will receive approximately $268,500 in CDBG funds and $324,400 in HOME funds. Morgantown will receive approximately $359,600 in CDBG funds. Parkersburg will receive approximately $784,800 in CDBG funds and $264,181 HOME funds.