Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Mayor Craig Announce $2.66 Million in FY18 Federal Grant Funding for Manchester
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Mayor Joyce Craig today announced that the City of Manchester will be receiving nearly $2.66 million in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programs. The funding will be used to provide an array of services to Manchester residents including affordable housing, independent living and support for the elderly, youth services, access to health care, support for abused or neglected children, and improved city infrastructure.
In the City of Manchester Planning and Community Development Department’s Annual Action Plan, the city listed its anticipated federal resources as $2.29 million from the three programs for FY18. The FY18 funding of nearly $2.66 million is $364,374 above the anticipated levels set out in the Annual Action Plan. Last year, the City received $2.1 million in CDBG and HOME grant funding. The Annual Action Plan is developed with input from community stakeholders and serves as the city’s application for federal funding.
“This significant increase in federal funding for Manchester will help provide vital services for Queen City residents,” said Shea-Porter. “These grants will help Manchester Police combat violent crime and support the city’s efforts to improve streets, sidewalks, and other public infrastructure. The funding will be used to help at-risk youth, homeless families and individuals, children who have been abused or neglected, and seniors who need support to live independently. Thank you to Mayor Craig, the City of Manchester, and all the nonprofit organizations who are partnering to deliver these essential services, which will improve the health and well-being of city residents.”
“I am thrilled the City of Manchester was able to secure such a significant amount of funding,” added Mayor Joyce Craig. “Opportunities such as this give the us the chance to support much-needed programs in our community, including affordable housing initiatives, elderly and youth services and infrastructure improvements. I’d like to thank Congresswoman Shea-Porter for advocating for this necessary funding that will have a direct impact on residents of Manchester.”
Below are short summaries of how some of the funding will be used:
City of Manchester ESG Program ($149,498 in anticipated funding): Funding will support the action plan’s goals of addressing homelessness issues. This funding will support emergency an emergency shelter and homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing programming. Services will be provided by various agencies including The Way Home, Child and Family Services, and The YWCA, and Families in Transition/New Horizons, and will benefit approximately 530 individuals.
Manchester Community Resource Center ($590,750 in anticipated funding): Funding will be used to address youth crime prevention, youth counseling, elderly independent living support, childcare options for working parents, access to healthcare, support for abused or neglected children, support for Manchester businesses, and job training services. The funding will benefit approximately 2,660 low or moderate income individuals.
Manchester Police Department Weed and Seed Officer Support ($72,000 in anticipated funding): This operational funding will support positions to collaborate with federal, state, and local agencies, organizations, and individuals to combat violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted areas of Manchester. It will be used to fund police officer presence, community meetings, and coordination with other safety departments.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester ($9,000 in anticipated funding): The funding will support mentoring for approximately 50 at-risk youth to increase Manchester high school graduation rates.
Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County ($12,000 in anticipated funding): The funding will be used to decrease the number of abused or neglected children by supporting a coordinated forensic interview process and providing supportive services to child victims of crime. It will benefit approximately 80 individuals.
Affordable Rental Housing Code Enforcement ($164,000 in anticipated funding): Across the country, many affordable housing units have been found to be out of compliance with housing codes, posing a risk to the families that reside in these units. This funding will go towards housing code inspections created to stabilize and improve conditions in affordable rental housing. It will benefit 7,600 low or moderate income households.
Infrastructure Improvements ($550,000 in anticipated funding): The funding will be used to fix or replace deteriorating infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, and a traffic signal. The projects will improve traffic flow and safety. Projects are anticipated to improve Auburn Street ( Union to Pine Streets); South Beech Street (South Willow to Alpheus Streets); South Beech Street (Mystic to Gold Street); and Parkside Avenue (Blucher to Sullivan Streets).
The following organizations, agencies, and departments are anticipated to receive funding from the grant programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester, City Wide, The Way Home, Child and Family Services, the YWCA, Families In Transition/New Horizons, Helping Hands, Holy Cross Family Learning Center, Lamprey Health Center, ORIS Youth Farm, NH Legal Assistance, Manchester Police Department, Manchester Department of Public Works, and the Salvation Army.
The full list of projects can be found beginning on page 36 of the Annual Action Plan.
The Community Development Block Grant program funding seeks to address a wide array of community development needs. It is one of the longest continuously run programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG funding is used to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities in a manner that allows local jurisdictions the flexibility needed to tackle the most serious challenges. At least 70 percent of CDBG funding must be used for activities that benefit low and moderate income individuals. On average across the nation, every dollar of CDBG funding leverages an additional $3.65 in non-CDBG funding.
The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) disburses formula grants to states to fund a wide range of activities to address affordable housing needs. The Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG) provides funding to increase the number of emergency shelters or improve existing shelters. It also funds initiatives to rapidly rehouse homeless individuals and families and to prevent families or individuals from becoming homeless.
Shea-Porter has consistently supported strong funding for HUD federal grant programs and has voted against efforts to cut them. In September 2017, she voted against an FY18 “minibus” appropriations bill, which would have cut $160 million and $100 million from FY17 levels for the CDBG and HOME grant programs respectively. She joined a bipartisan letter to senior members of the Appropriations Committees seeking an increase to the HOME grant program for FY 2018 to $1.2 billion. She also asked for $3.3 billion in funding for the CDBG program for FY2018. These efforts were successful, as the bipartisan FY2018 omnibus appropriations package ultimately increased funding for the HOME and CDBG grant programs by $412 million and $305 million respectively, rejecting the cuts passed by the House Republican Majority in their FY18 “minibus” appropriations bill.