Mayor Scott Avedisian has announced the distribution of $537,415 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that will benefit non-profit agencies and a neighborhood association. The funds will be awarded for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Public service grant awards are as follows: $15,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Warwick for their Oakland Beach branch operations and $55,000 for an HVAC system; $12,500 to Child Inc. for transportation for its Head Start program; $9,917 to Comprehensive Community Action for its Chronic Disease Management program; $14,000 for Cornerstone Adult Day Services for programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and $60,000 for renovations to the administrative and day center areas of the facility; $2,800 to Day One for their children’s advocacy program; $12,100 to Elizabeth Buffum Chase House, Inc., for its victim safety and self sufficiency program.
Also, the House of Hope CDC has been awarded $19,600 to pay for supportive services and $25,000 for upgrades to the heating system in their Apponaug facility; $15,900 has been awarded to The Kent Center for its victims of trauma program; $17,000 for the Rhode Island Family Shelter, Inc., for case management services; and WestBay Community Action, Inc. will receive $10,300 for its children’s center case manager, $27,000 for a social services case manager, $25,000 for its home repair program and $116,298 for the WestBay farm, located at historic Barton Farm.
The Conimicut Neighborhood Association will receive $100,000 in this funding cycle. The city distributes money among several associations annually on a rotating basis. Virginia Barham, CVA president, was pleased to hear of the award. She said there are no specific plans for the grant and that the association would hold public sessions to solicit community ideas for village improvements.
Another $20,000 has been set aside for affordable housing initiatives administered by the Office of Housing and Community Development, and $131,000 has been allocated for its home rehabilitation program. A total of $205,000 will fund administrative and planning costs.