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Mount Vernon Looks To Distribute Federal Funds

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Community Development Administrator Lou Albano said that the city is in the process of deciding which groups will get a portion of the $1.7 million in Community Block Development Grants (CDBG) given to Mount Vernon by the federal government.

CDBG is a program run by the federal government that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of community development needs. People or households with an income of 80 percent less than the median income in the area are eligible for this money. Albano said that the city has received approximately 40 applications from non-profit groups but who will get the funds and how much they will receive has not been determined yet.

“We had a public hearing in August and we’re going to have another one in October to determine how we are going to allot the money,” Albano said. “A lot of the groups have been to the party before but we have some new applicants who we are going to look at as well.”

Albano said that the money will be given on an individual case basis adding that the city is evaluating which programs need it the most. Albano said that the city will look at groups who have received CDBG money in the past and what they did with it to determine if they should get more money.

“In the case of any program applying for funding, we need to see how it would benefit both the city and low to moderate income families,” Albano said.

Albano said that a preliminary budget for the CDBG funds should be available by October.

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