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Applications for federal funds accepted soon

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency will be accepting online applications for funding through its Community Development Block Grant program beginning this Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.

On that date, a link to online applications will be available on the CHA website, kauai.gov/housing. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 2022.

The county’s CDBG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A virtual meeting and informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, at 2 p.m., to discuss the use of federal funds for community needs, receive public comment and input, and provide more information on how to apply for funding.

Connectivity information to attend the virtual meeting and webinar is posted on the CHA website. Documents, materials and information on how to apply for CDBG funding are also available on the CHA website under the “Housing & Community Development” tab.

In-person meetings will also be held for interested applicants as follows:

• Monday, Oct. 10, 2022: 3 p.m., Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center, 4491 Kou St.;

• Monday, Oct. 17, 2022: 10 a.m., at the Lihu‘e Civic Center Mo‘ikeha Building, Meeting Room 3, the Liquor Control Commission Meeting Room, 4444 Rice St.;

• Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022: 3 p.m. at the Waimea Neighborhood Center, 4556 Makeke Rd.

Interested persons are invited to attend in-person or virtual public meetings and provide comments. Written comments may be mailed to 4444 Rice St., Suite 330, Lihu‘e, HI 96766 or emailed to housing@kauai.gov.

All comments received by Nov. 28, 2022, will be considered in preparing the CHA’s Annual Action Plan 2023.

The CDBG program 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 collaborative 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.

Funds have been used to rehabilitate shelters, family centers, for off-site infrastructure and improvements, and for housing.
Source: The Garden Island

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