Mayor announces $530,062 in community block grants


Mayor Scott Avedisian has announced the distribution of $530,062 in Community Development Block Grant funds to benefit non-profit agencies, housing initiatives and one local 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; $14,000 to Cornerstone Adult Services for activities for individuals with Alzheimer’s; $2,800 to Day One for its Children’s Advocacy program; $12,100 to the EBC House for their victim safety and self sufficiency program; $12,500 to Child, Inc. for its Head Start transportation program; and $19,600 to the House of Hope for supportive services and $50,000 toward renovations to the Thomas Wilbur House in Apponaug.

In addition, Rhode Island Family Shelter will receive $19,000 for case management and $70,000 for its emergency preparedness program; The Kent Center will receive $15,900 for its victims of trauma program; the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy will receive $7,800 for its senior legal clinic; Westbay Community Action, Inc. has been awarded $10,300 for its Children’s Center case manager, $27,000 for a social services case manager, $25,000 for improvements to the farm it runs at Barton Farm, and $25,000 for its Home Repair program; FRIENDS Way will receive $10,000 toward design services as it renovates its meeting space; PARI has been awarded $25,000 for its home modification program; and Bridgemark (formerly Kent House) will receive $50,000 for renovations to its transitional housing stock.

The Oakland Beach Neighborhood Association will receive $100,000 in this funding cycle to implement portions of their master plans. The city distributes money among six associations annually on a rotating basis. A total of $19,062 has been earmarked for the city’s affordable housing initiatives.

An allocation of $205,000 has been set aside for administrative and planning costs. An additional $131,000 is allocated for costs associated with the office’s housing rehabilitation program.


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