FARMINGTON -- Most of the community development block grant money Davis County will receive for fiscal year 2013-14 will be shared with organizations offering emergency food and housing assistance.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission held a public hearing to take recommendations for the $705,107 it anticipates receiving from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the coming fiscal year.
That amount is 5 percent less than the $742,218 the county received in CDBG funding for 2012-13, said Greg Johnson, Davis County Grant Program coordinator.
The official decision on where the funds will go will be made in subsequent weeks, once the county commissioners receive confirmation from HUD about how much the actual grant amount is, Johnson said. But regardless, the money falls woefully short of covering the more than $1.5 million in requests made by Davis County organizations, he said.
"We know not everybody is going to be served the way they like it," Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.
To make the federal HUD dollars stretch, county officials appeared to move away from brick and mortar projects, and instead fund more of those programs offering essential services -- food and shelter.
"We have an at-risk population," Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said regarding where the money is needed.
The big recipient was the Davis Community Housing Authority, which received $200,000 of the grant to provide low- to moderate-income emergency home-repair funds and down-payment assistance to buy a home.
During the past nine years the DCHA has helped place 55 families into homes, said Mary Swanstrom, DCHA director.
Another agency receiving a large portion of the funds was Davis Behavioral Health Inc. It received $100,000 to buy more housing units for its clients.
Davis Behavioral Health currently has 96 clients enrolled in what is known as its Supportive Housing Program, said Don McKinnon, facilities director for Davis Behavioral Health.
Outside of those two agencies, Sunset city received the highest allocation of funds, $75,000 for a waterline project. Other cities receiving funding for sidewalk and street upgrades were Centerville, $50,000; Clinton, $25,000; and West Bountiful, $25,000.
The Bountiful Community Food Pantry will receive $50,000 to buy a refrigerated box truck for its food assistance program and to rehabilitate its food pantry. The Family Connection Center in Layton will receive $45,000 to pay the salaries of case managers to work at the Layton food pantry, which served 2,993 Davis households in 2012. The money also will be used to pay the salaries of nursery care workers in the FCC's Parent Education Program.
The county also provided $20,000 to the The Road Home in Salt Lake City. The organization provided community shelter to 144 Davis County residents in 2012.
Other CDBG fund recipients are the Safe Harbor shelter, $30,000; TURN Community Services, $10,000; and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, $5,000.
Downs said the people served by these funds are individuals who have been placed in a needful situation by circumstances beyond their control. She said:
"We are throwing back one starfish at a time."