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  • Supervisors approve plan for $3.25 million in community development, emergency grants

    Jun 23, 2021 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors on June 22 approved a resolution to spend more than $3 million in Community Development Block Grants and an additional $250,000 on Emergency Solutions Grants for the 2021-22 fiscal year.grants

    Funding for both grant programs comes from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The programs are intended to benefit low-income, homeless and certain special needs individuals in Pima County.

    The community development grants will be used for everything from sustainable agriculture education in Ajo to job training for teens in Amado and from assistance services in Green Valley to crime prevention in South Tucson. 

    The Emergency Solutions Grants will be used to provide emergency shelters for families and prevent homelessness. 

    Pima County received 98 applications totaling $6,810,774 in requests for the Community Development and Emergency Solutions grants, with less than half the requested amount ultimately being included in the plan. In order to use the federal funds, the County must prepare and submit to HUD an Annual Action Plan that describes allocations and activities that address community needs.

    Among the programs receiving funds as part of the County's $3,000,218 Community Development Block Grant plan are the YWCA of Southern Arizona ($15,000), the Southwest Fair Housing Council ($25,000), SER Jobs for Progress ($57,000) and Habitat for Humanity Tucson ($200,000).

    Among the recipients of the $253,427 in planned Emergency Solutions Grants are Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse ($35,000), the Primavera Foundation ($30,000) and the Sister Jose Women's Center ($40,000).

    A complete list of grant recipients can be found online.

    The plan outlines the needs, priorities and strategies for housing, social services and community development programs for Pima County. The plan also establishes policies and goals for Pima County and serves as its application for annual HUD entitlement funding.