Application period for federal funds coming

LIHU‘E — Next week, the county’s annual Community Development Block Grant application process for 2022 projects will launch.

A link to online applications will be available on Oct. 8, on the CDBG webpage via the County Housing Agency’s website, kauai.gov/housing, under the “Housing &Community Development” tab. Applications are due on Dec. 10 by 4 p.m.

A virtual meeting and informational webinar are on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m., to discuss the use of federal funds for community needs, receive public comment and input, and provide information on how to apply for funding.

Connectivity information to attend the virtual meeting and webinar is on the CHA website. Documents, materials and information on how to apply for CDBG funding is also available on the CDBG webpage.

The CDBG program is a federally funded grant program that aims to develop and improve communities by providing decent and affordable housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities to low- and moderate-income people on Kaua‘i.

To meet the needs of the community, the CHA relies on partnerships with community-based organizations, service providers, private and government entities, and nonprofit, affordable-housing developers. Some examples include services to those experiencing homelessness, substance-abuse prevention and education for youth.

CDBG funds have been used to rehabilitate shelters and family centers, and for off-site infrastructure and improvements. CDBG funds have also been used to support transitional housing, affordable-rental units and opportunities for first-time homeownership through home purchases or gap and primary loans.

Recent CDBG projects include energy efficiency improvements and photovoltaic installation at Lihu‘e Theater Senior Housing by Kaua‘i Housing Development Corporation, and Friendship Club providing pre-vocational training in its food-service program.

The homeless emergency shelter operated by Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity is currently making ADA improvements and upgrading their wastewater system, and has received CDBG funds. Other CDBG-funded projects are identified in the county’s Annual Action Plan available on the CDBG webpage.

Anyone needing an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability should contact the CHA at housing@kauai.gov as soon as possible, or call 808-241-4444. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill them. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille or electronic copy.

For more information, please contact Kerri Barros, CDBG coordinator, at 808-241-4435.

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