Albemarle County Could Qualify For State Grant

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

January 11, 2006

Albemarle county may be eligible for as much as $2.5 million in grants from Virginia. The county can apply for the Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CBDG). It was discussed at tonights board of supervisor's meeting.

The goal of the grant is to promote safe and affordable housing, especially for low-income families.

Albemarle County has been successful in receiving these grants in the past.

Most recently money was awarded and used to construct a community center at Parks Edge Apartments.

"Roughly thirty houses were rehabilitated, thirteen dilapidated houses demolished, [and] properties cleaned up. [There were] 5 news houses developed for first time home-buyers, said Ron White, who presented to the Board of Supervisors."

The board approved a public hearing where they say they want a lot of community input. Area residents can bring their suggestions to the board during its public meeting on March 8. That's when they'll review applications for funding.

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