Public invited to Learn about Community Development Block Grant funds

During 2018, St. Louis County distributed $1.954 million in federal grant money to communities and non-profit organizations in St. Louis County outside the city of Duluth.

Duluth receives separate funding. Known as Community Development Block Grants, or CDBG funds, the money this year has helped cover costs for:

. Rrehabilitation and accessibility improvements for single family homes

. Site acquisition for North SLC Habitat for Humanity and One Roof Housing

. Accessibility improvements to projects in Gnesen Township, Hermantown, Lakewood Township, Hibbing and at the North American Bear Association

. Water and sewer infrastructure in eight communities; meal programs at the Salvation Army locations in Hibbing and Virginia

. Support services for low-income and homeless people through seven non-profit organizations

To help people better understand how CDBG funds are awarded, and to get input on projects that may receive funding next year, the St. Louis County Planning and Community Development Department is hosting a combined open house and public hearing at the following locations:

Proctor City Hall/Community Center
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1-3 p.m.
100 Pionk Drive, Proctor

Mountain Iron Community Center
Thursday, Sept. 13, 1-3 p.m.
8586 Enterprise Drive South, Mt. Iron

The public is encouraged to attend either of the events. The agenda will be the same at both and includes a review of Fiscal Year 2017 accomplishments, an overview of the CDBG program, information on the 2019 process schedule, and a chance for citizens to provide input. Pre-application forms will be available for anyone interested in applying for a grant.

Questions about the open houses and public meetings or about CDBG funds in general may be directed to St. Louis County Planning and Community Development at (218) 742-9561 or visit stlouiscountymn.gov/planning.

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