Fernandez on CDBG Program

Manny has just been nominated to serve on Marin County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which is a federal program providing grants to local governments, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Manny Fernandez, Marin Family Action, in front of his offices at the Marin Justice Center.This is a brilliant move by the committee that selected individuals for this committee. This is a well-deserved position and exhibits a tremendous vote of confidence for Manny’s years of ethical and excellent work in Marin County on behalf of our residents.

Manny will remain as an advisor to Board member Dianne Levy and to long-term office staff Nick Fernandez and Jason Lujan.

All eleven Marin cities and unincorporated areas will participate with the County government in a single joint CDBG program. Government agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible for funding. This year, Marin County will receive about $1.8 million in CDBG funds. After subtracting administrative expenses, the funds are divided 40% for housing on a countywide basis and 60% to six planning areas for housing, capital and public services.

Services include day care programs, transportation for special needs groups, counseling programs, senior services, employment assistance, educational services, medical services and services for low-income families as defined by HUD, i.e. income limits for a single-person household in Marin County is $63,350 and for a family of four it is $90,500.

Examples of how CDBG Funds were used in 2009:

  • Elena Gardens Homes, $597,592: Section 8 Housing Assistance
  • City of San Rafael, $300,000: Community Development Block Grant for Buckelew Rehabilitation (group home), Marin Community Clinic, Novato Independent Elders Project
  • Ritter Center, $210,325: Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
  • Adopt A Family of Marin, $197,575: Homelessness Prevention with short-term financial assistance and case management
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul, $157,500: Homelessness Prevent and Rapid Re-Housing Program
  • Legal Aid of Marin, $63,250: Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing with short-term financial assistance and case management support
  • West Marin Community Thrift Shop, $10,500: Homelessness Prevention adn short-term fnancial assistance and case management

Additional information: co.marin.ca.us/depts/CD/main/comdev/FEDERAL/cdbg.cfm

The Newsletter: http://www.marinfamilyaction.org/newsletters/newsletterwinter2011.pdf


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