NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY AND PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED PLAN PRIORITIES AND GOALS
For Program Year 2015
Community Planning and Development Funds
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA) is announcing the availability of an estimated $4,029,304 in Community Planning and Development (CPD) funds available from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Eligible government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other entities are invited to submit proposals that address the goals identified in Guam’s Consolidated Plan for 2015-2019 Proposed Priorities and Goals. * The proposed priorities andgoals sets forth Guam’s plan for supporting low-and moderate-income populations through the creation and preservation of decent housing, sustainable living environments, and economic opportunities for the next five years.
Applications for the use of CPD funds will be available beginning on Friday, January 09, 2015 at the GHURA Division of Research, Planning and Evaluation (RPE), located at 117 Bien Venida Avenue, in Sinajana, and via the GHURA website at www.ghura.org. Funding estimates are as follows:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) $3,025,967.00
Home Investment Partnership Grant (HOME) $ 788,128.00
Emergency Solutions Grant Funds (ESG) $215,209.00
CDBG funds may be used to revitalize neighborhoods, provide affordable housing, expand economic opportunities, and to improve community facilities and services. Use of CDBG funds must meet at least one of the program’s national objectives of (1) benefiting low and moderate-income persons, (2) eliminating slum or blight conditions, or (3) meeting other urgent community development needs.
HOME funds may be used to create affordable housing for homeowners or homebuyers through financial assistance programs, site acquisition or improvement, or the construction or rehabilitation of housing for rent or homeownership. Use of HOME funds must benefit low-income persons.
ESG funds may be used for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters for the homeless, for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters, for essential services related to emergency shelters and street outreach for the homeless, and for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.
A briefing for organizations interested in applying for any of these grants will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the GHURA CPD Office, 117 Bien Venida Avenue in Sinajana.
Interested applicants may pick up application forms at the GHURA RPE Division in Sinajana. Forms will also be available for download on the GHURA website at www.ghura.org. All applications must be received by the GHURA RPE Division in Sinajana no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015.
*A separate announcement for the Consolidated Plan which details the use of CPD funds for the next five years will be made available for public review and comment. The public is encouraged to provide comment for the proposed Consolidated Plan priorities and goals.
For further information, please contact Ms. Katherine E. Taitano, GHURA Chief Planner, at 475-1322, or via email at Katherine@ghura.org.
MICHAEL J. DUENAS
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
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