FARMINGTON -- While Community Development Block Grant money being provided to Weber and Davis counties is shriveling at a annual average rate of 10 to 15 percent, the need local public service organizations have for the dollars is on the rise.
This year the Weber County region, comprising Weber, Morgan and Tooele counties, and Davis County, are both about $700,000 short in being able to meet the requests for funds coming from cities and public service organizations.
This year 23 Davis agencies have collectively requested just more than $1.4 million in CDBG funds to address the needs of the low- to moderate-income people living in the county, according to the Davis County 2012-13 Action Plan.
The county expects to receive $742,218 in federal block grant money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That leaves it $686,289 short of what has been requested, the plan states.
"The number of applications are indicative of how tight the economy has been," County Commissioner Bret Millburn said. "The needs are not diminishing. It is just the money to address the need (that is diminishing)."
In fiscal year 2011-12, 10 organizations applied for CDBG funds, said Greg Johnson, Davis County grants program coordinator.
"We got the word out that funds are available," Johnson said, explaining the increase in requests. He said not every organization this year is going to receive the funds they requested.
Available HUD funds have shrunk nationally by about 30 percent over the last two years, Johnson said.
The Davis County Commission is expected to hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. July 31 at the Memorial Davis County Courthouse to let agencies make their pitch for money.
This year the Davis applicants are four housing agencies; three cities; nine public service organizations; two public facilities; four public service building improvements projects; and the county will receive $70,000 for administering and monitoring the program.
One of the Davis housing requests comes from the residents of the Pheasant Brook Condominiums in Centerville.
The residents are seeking $150,000 to make emergency repairs to their homes that were damaged by a Dec. 1 hurricane-force windstorm, said Dr. E. Arnold Isaacson, a resident.
The federal money, which would be issued to Centerville, would be used to help make up the difference between the emergency repair costs and what their insurance coverage provided, Isaacson said.
There are several single mothers with children, elderly people, and physically challenged residents in the development who are unable to make up the difference, Isaacson said. The 16 units are for use by low- to moderate-income people, he said.
The biggest request made in Davis County came from Clinton city, which asked for $300,000 to make street improvements to an area affecting 231 homeowners.
The Weber County region, which has already designated its CDBG funding for the 2012-13 fiscal year, experienced a similar demand on its HUD money.
The Weber County region, excluding Ogden, is to receive this fiscal year $1.2 million in CDBG money. That total includes some carry-over appropriations from last year's allocation, said LaNiece Davenport, regional planner for the Wasatch Front Regional Council.
But the funding, of which $400,000 went to Tooele County to acquire property and expand the Tooele County Community Resource Center, was $700,000 short of the $1.9 million received in requests, Davenport said.
The problem is the federal appropriation is on the "downward slope" as the federal government tightens its budget, Davenport said.
"We always run out of funding," she said.
For example, this year a $174,000 request from the Golden Spike Arena to install handicapped-accessible seating in the arena did not receive any money, Davenport said.
The Weber County region generally has 10 to 15 organizations apply for the funds annually, Davenport said.
This year, 10 organizations applied, including the Weber County Housing Authority, which received $250,000 to provide low- to moderate-income families down-payment assistance when buying a house, Davenport said.