Nevada County seeks comment for federal grant applications |

Nevada County seeks comment for federal grant applications

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; The county needs public comment Tuesday as officials prepare to apply for federal grants to provide jobs, help low income families, develop water and sewer infrastructure and provide safe affordable housing.

Nevada County supervisors will solicit public comment for the 2009-10 Community Development Block Grant Program.

CDBG grants are one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They fund community projects meant to improve health and safety, benefit low income residents, eliminate blight and create and maintain jobs.

The county can apply for up to $800,000, said Kyle Thompson housing program manager for the county.

Last year, the county was awarded $500,000 for housing rehabilitation projects in North San Juan and Washington.

The money provided low-interest deferred loans to low-income families and helped them bring their homes up to building codes by replacing things such as old furnaces and siding.

Counties with a higher proportion of low-income residents are poised to be more competitive than Nevada County.

and#8220;Because we don’t have high low income numbers often times we’re not as competitive,and#8221; Thompson said.

People who make 80 percent of the county’s median income are considered low income, according to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The median income in Nevada County for a family of four is $55,300.

In the past, the county has been awarded $500,000 for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade at Cascade Shores when the old system was deemed a health and safety hazard.

Money also is available to business owners through a business assistance loan program.

Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City.

Also at their regular meeting, supervisors will:

and#8226; Hear an annual progress report from the Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority by Executive Director Ann Guerra.

and#8226; Consider moving forward on a project to connect a wastewater pipeline from DarkHorse subdivision to a treatment plant in Lake of the Pines.

and#8226; Hear a presentation by Beverly Prior Architects on the feasibility study of the first phase of the expansion of the county jail.

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