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What CDBG funding pays for here





Explainer of Community Development Block Grant funds.
Meaghan McDermott

Lead abatement. New roofs, furnaces and windows. Knock-downs of zombie homes. Transportation and meals for shut-in seniors. Sidewalks, roadways and sewers. A refurbished community center.

These are just a handful of the more than 60  initiatives all over Monroe County that were funded in fiscal year 2016 with a stream of federal money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program. In one way or another, that money has had impact on quality-of-life issues region-wide, whether through direct assistance, boosting neighborhood property values, encouraging business activity, providing job training or helping provide for infrastructure or public facilities upgrades.

More:$10M in neighborhood grants at risk

Here, CDBG money is provided directly to Rochester, Irondequoit and Greece. Monroe County also gets funding, which it administers in turn to various county-wide initiatives as well as in small grants for towns and villages.

All told, the county’s benefit in 2016 exceeded $10.6 million. Over the past decade, that number tops $100 million. And, during the 42-year history of the CDBG program —which is in danger of being eliminated entirely under a budget proposal for 2018 floated by President Donald J. Trump — that total exceeds a half-billion dollars.

According to a Democrat and Chronicle analysis of CDBG documents, here’s a look at some of the projects and programs that money supported in the past fiscal year:

►$343,000 in Irondequoit to help 80 low- and moderate-income homeowners make vital house repairs

►$185,000 in Irondequoit to renovate the Pinegrove Recreation Center

►$950,000 in Rochester to provide grants and loans to minority-owned city businesses for new equipment and machinery and to purchase real estate

►$200,000 in Rochester to help Empire Justice and The Housing Council help homeowners avoid foreclosure

►$186,000 to help HOME Rochester rehabilitate vacant single-family homes and get them back on the market

►$500,000 in Rochester to tear down decrepit vacant structures

►$35,000 for new playing surfaces in Chili’s Hubbard Park

►$25,000 for Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant entry doors at the Sweden/Clarkson Community Center

►$81,000 to fix sanitary sewers in Brockport

►$6,000 for new ADA-compliant library doors in Rush

►$65,000 for new sidewalks in Kittleberger Park in Webster

►$145,000 to repave Almay and Willmae roads in Greece

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