Its CDBG time of the year again!
There are many programs that are effected by Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) funds. Home ownership and safe housing funded by HUD has the largest amount of participation by Marietta residents.. The fact that we have a lengthy waiting list underscores the need for this valuable program.
Additionally thru CDBG, we offer benefits to owner occupied homes. House paint, supplies, and labor are available with the Paint Marietta Program. Help with emergency heating is available thru the Emergency Repair Program. Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program offers assistance with home repairs and necessary updates. For residents who can’t afford or are unable to work on their own homes, these programs are invaluable in maintaining home ownership and staving off abandoned and blighted houses.
As the Streets Chairperson, I can share with you that ADA curb ramps are mandated by the State and Federal agency’s every time a street is redone. Critical infrastructure and the removal of architectural barriers , ADA, are both keystones of the CDBG. The only funding source we have for this is CDBG money, and thus a very pragmatic spend of a portion of our yearly CDBG allocation.
Not every neighborhood in Marietta qualifies to use this money. An example, our Parks in low income neighborhoods have received trash cans, picnic shelters, playground equipment, and accessible parking lots, better lighting and water fountains. Neighborhood eligibility is NOT determined by the city. Eligibility is determined by each U.S. Census, based on income vs. poverty level in each Census tract. Each tracts eligibility can change with each Census such as Emerson Heights no longer qualifying as a CDBG area after the 2000 Census.
Because our city is compliant with the strict CBDG guidelines, we have received a perfect score (Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Review) two years in a row. The city of Marietta has now gained entitlement status with HUD, meaning that we will receive CDBG funding each year, as long as the program is in effect, without having to compete for these ever shrinking funds. For 2017 we applied for $300,000.00 and received $360,724.00!, an increase of 1.2%over 2016 while the National average was a decrease of over 1.0%!
Grant money comes from your taxes. If we don’t apply for it, another city will. Lets make sure our tax money returns to Marietta by participating in the process.
The public is invited to attend the 6/29/17 Finance meeting at 4:15 P.M., or, the regular council meeting 7/6/17 at 7:30 P.M. Both meetings are in the Armory on Front St. and July 10, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. at Gilman United Methodist Church.
Marietta City Council at-Large
Streets Committee Chairperson
Member Water and Sewer
Member of Police and Fire