Nevada County’s Health and Human Services Agency is soliciting input from local citizens on possible activities for funding in the 2013-2014 Community Development Block Grant program.
Up to $2 million is available through the program to fund projects in the community, to primarily address the needs of low-income Nevada County residents.
A public, community meeting will be hosted to discuss possible applications for block grant funding from 2-2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 during the Adult and Family Services Commission meeting in the Empire Room (second floor) at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.
The main purpose of the program is to develop viable communities by providing a suitable living environment and housing by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low incomes — households that earn 80 percent or less of the median income in the area.
Eligible activities include but are not limited to homeownership assistance, housing rehabilitation, public services, public facility improvements, including new housing construction, acquisition of property for public purposes, construction or reconstruction of public infrastructure, demolition and rehabilitation, planning studies, economic development and assisting businesses with expansion and development. Projects paid for with state block grant funds are one-time only.
If you are unable to attend the public meeting, you can direct written comments to Cheryl Rubin, senior administrative assistant/housing, county of Nevada, Health and Human Services Agency, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959 or call 530-265-7256. Information is also available for review at the Department of Social Services, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you plan to attend the public meeting and require special accommodations because of a sensory or mobility impairment/disability or need an interpreter, contact Rubin at 530-265-7256 no later than Feb. 8 to make the necessary accommodations.
In other news released in the county’s Friday Memo:
— The Nevada County Adult and Family Services Commission announced a Request for Funding for county General Fund money to allow local nonprofit agencies an opportunity to provide creative and collaborative services that will enhance the safety net services for residents of Nevada County. A total of $15,000 has been allocated to support a single, one-time only funded project subject to the Board of Supervisors’ approval and fiscal resources. These funds are not intended to provide long-term support of a program and are not to be used to pay for administrative overhead costs. The same project cannot be funded for more than two consecutive years. The request can be downloaded by visiting www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/hhsa/dss/.
The application deadline is 3 p.m. March 1. For information or questions, contact Nicole Pollack at 530-265-1410.
— The Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library is being renamed as the Gene Albaugh Community Room. On Saturday, March 23, the Nevada County Library and the Friends of the Nevada County Library will host a renaming ceremony honoring Albaugh starting at 11 a.m.