February 23, 2005

Crapo Calls Hud Grants â??Great News For Boiseâ??

Housing and community development money headed to the city

Washington, DC â?? The City of Boise will receive more than $2.5 million in community and housing grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the current year, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today. According to figures released by HUD released this afternoon, Boise will be awarded $1.6 million in Community Development Block Grants, and $915,684 in HOME Investment Partnerships program funding.â??It is great to see this money coming to Boise to help improve its neighborhoods and housing programs,â?? Crapo said. â??Housing and community revitalization are what keep our communities strong, and these funds will help create more affordable housing and home ownership options, and empower the Boise community in other important areas like domestic violence prevention and health care for the homeless.â?? Crapo is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees housing issues in Congress.The grant awarded by HUD is part of the Bush Administrationâ??s commitment to meeting local housing needs and expanding housing opportunities for Americans. HUD has placed a strong emphasis on community renewal and neighborhood redevelopment. In addition, the city is expected to support activities that will increase home ownership, support the homeless, elderly and people with disabilities, and create affordable rental opportunities for low-income residents.The funding is being coordinated through Anna Marie Kessling, community services coordinator for the city of Boise. She can be reached at (208) 384-4158 for further information. # # #