(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David announced Monday the City is seeking human service proposals for more than $255,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of its annual allocation.
The funding comes from programs in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).
“Year after year, these grant programs provide critical support to the local agencies at the forefront of our fight against poverty, our effort to eliminate homelessness and our work to serve high-need populations like our youth and senior citizens,” said Mayor David. “These investments help countless low-income families across Binghamton and improve quality of life for all residents.”
The funding for agencies is available in three categories:
Human Services (CDBG) — $110,000
Individual CDBG grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to agencies proposing programming that provides an essential, unique or unduplicated service to low/moderate income residents. Programs prioritized for funding include education, employment/workforce training, youth development, parent engagement, and services for underserved populations including seniors and disabled persons.
Emergency Shelter and Street Outreach (ESG) — $90,000
A total of $90,000 will be awarded to programs that serve the homeless through emergency shelter or street outreach activities. Those activities may include connecting unsheltered homeless individuals and families with emergency shelter, housing or critical services, major rehabilitation, conversion or renovation of a building to serve as a homeless shelter or current shelter operations, including maintenance, rent and repair.
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (ESG) — $55,000
A total of approximately $55,000 will be awarded to programs that serve the homeless or persons at risk of becoming homeless through homeless prevention or rapid re-housing activities. Those activities may include short-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services.
In recent years, CDBG and ESG funding have supported after-school programs, youth employment programs, health insurance counseling for seniors and street outreach efforts for homeless persons.
This year, a new simplified and streamlined application process is available for agencies to apply. Applications and more information can be found on the City’s website:
Applicants should submit questions in writing to the Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development by 10 a.m. on Aug. 13. The deadline to submit applications is 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 22.
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