City Council hoping for block grant money
Salisbury City Council hopes to be approved for an additional $82,747 in Community Development Block Grant monies being made available through the federal stimulus package.
Cities which have Community Development Block Grant programs are eligible for an additional 27 percent of their annual allocation with approved plans.
Salisbury Senior Planner Janet Gapen said the city proposes using the supplemental money to purchase a foreclosed or abandoned home in a low- to moderate-income neighborhood.
The house would be rehabilitated to Energy Star standards for utility cost savings and energy conservation. It would then be sold to an eligible family.
Council approved a budget for the “Recovery Act Community Development Block Grant funds Tuesday.
Gapen said the extra funds are meant to fit into the stimulus funds’ broad objectives of creating or retaining jobs, going to projects that can be under way in 120 days and being used for stand-alone projects.