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Meeting set on use of $500,000 grant by Martinsburg, Eastern Panhandle Housing Consortium

Draft of action plan can be viewed at City Hall until May 3 and is on the city's website

April 04, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A public hearing will be held April 11 about the proposed use of more than $500,000 in federal funding by the city of Martinsburg and Eastern Panhandle Housing Consortium.

The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 232 N. Queen St., Martinsburg Community Development Director Patricia E. McMillan said Thursday.

The city intends to submit its 2013 fiscal year annual action plan to disperse $232,381 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and $299,012 in housing assistance (HOME) funds for the Eastern Panhandle Housing Consortium. 

The funding amounts are preliminary and subject to change based on the approval of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s final budget for the 2013 fiscal year, according to the announcement from McMillan.

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According to the draft proposal, the city would provide $5,000 in block funding to the following organizations:

  • C-CAP, formally known as Berkeley County Congregational Cooperative Action Project Inc., for emergency rental assistance
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for case management
  • Children’s Home Society of West Virginia for the Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center
  • Boys & Girls Club for memberships for low- and moderate-income children
  • Shenandoah Women’s Center for case management
  • Berkeley Senior Services for in-home respite care

Berkeley County Meals on Wheels would receive $3,000 and Community Networks would receive $1,200 for administrative services for its homeless strategy.

Public and community facility improvements eyed for the block grant funding are $97,890 for stormwater improvements in the Church Street area and $53,815 for gymnasium flooring work at the Boys & Girls Club in Martinsburg.

The housing consortium funding would be divided among Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties and the city of Martinsburg for homebuyer assistance and tenant assistance in Morgan County.

This draft of the action plan can be viewed at City Hall during normal business hours until May 3 and is on the city’s website at www.cityofmartinsburg.org.

Written or oral comments may be directed by May 3 to Patricia McMillan, Community Development Director, City of Martinsburg, WV at City Hall, North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

McMillan can be reached at 304-264-2131, ext. 278.

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