Olympia's CDBG fund $30,000 short of expected


Olympia's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation for rehabilitation, housing and support public services projects is $30,000 less than what the city expected, CDBG program specialist Anastacia Everett said during the city council meeting last night.

According to Everett, Olympia's new CDBG allocation is $368,187. She said they were expecting funds between $391,000 to $400,000.

"We received the allocation letter and it was $30,000 less than we have been expecting," she added.

In a presentation before the council last night, Everett showed the adjusted funds for the projects, reporting that the funds for Thurston County Rebuilding Together, Community Solar, Habitat for Humanity, and Community Youth Services have been maintained.

However, the Downtown Ambassador project fund- which provides street outreach, business support and hospitality services to residents, businesses, property owners and visitors -  was trimmed to $35,000.

The program administration fund was reduced to $74,374.

She said the action plan would begin in September 2022. The program year will end on Aug. 31, 2023.

Last month, Everett discussed during the Community Livability and Public Safety meeting the drafted action plan for the project in 2022. That time, she said they had not yet received the grantor's letter allocation.

The action plan includes a proposed allocation of $25,000 for Thurston County Rebuilding Together; Olympia Community Solar, $63,813; South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, $50,000; Community Youth Services, $120,000; Downtown Ambassadors, $50,000; and program administration, $90,000.

Mayor Pro Tem Clark Gilman opened public comment for the recommended CDBG action plan for program allocation.

"The public comment period for the CDBG action plan requires a 30-day public comment period. That period began on June 1 and will end on July 1, 2022," Gilman noted. There are 16 days remaining in this public comment period.


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