Layton OKs divvy plan for CDBG funding

Jun 16 2013 - 8:18pm

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LAYTON -- City officials will have more money to use for public service and special housing projects this year as part of the federally administered Community Development Block Grant program.

Despite a downward trend in money for the program, Layton will receive $29,227 more in revenue for the 2013-14 year than it did in the past year, said Kent Andersen, CDBG specialist for the city.

He said money was shifted from the Housing and Urban Development program for disaster assistance programs at the federal level, and has not been in the coming year.

This year, the city will receive $310,299 to administer the program, compared to $281,072 for the past year.

CDBG money can be used for public services, infrastructure, housing or economic development.

City officials approved a new five-year consolidated plan identifying needs within the city and proposing new strategies to meet those needs with CDBG funds. They also approved a one-year action plan in how to administer the $310,299 allotment for the coming year.

This new action plan for 2013-14 includes funding for the following services and programs:

* $91,799 toward historic downtown infrastructure.

* An allotment of $50,000 to a downtown rehabilitation loan fund.

* Funding for a homebuyer assistance program in the city in the amount of $30,000.

* $30,000 for new street lighting in front of Layton Commons Park on Wasatch Drive.

* $25,000 in funding for the Family Connection Center, which includes $3,500 for motel vouchers for the center. The center's programs target child abuse prevention, among other services.

* An appropriation of $10,000 toward Safe Harbor, a program that helps survivors of violence and sexual assault.

* $8,000 to the Layton Community Action Council.

* $3,500 for The Road Home, of Salt Lake City, which helps the homeless.

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