The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 6, 2012

County to apply for $500,000 grant

Friday, April 6, 2012 — The Stanly County Board of Commissioners approved the application for a grant from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Catalyst Program, which will not exceed $500,000.

Though the commissioners approved the application, the funding will be used by Homes of Hope to make improvements to the Community Inn and Community Table, as a well as a transitional housing duplex located on Depot Street.

“Home of Hope has been operational since 2005 and in that time we've assisted more than 400 Stanly County citizens not only gain housing but we have also tried to help them get back on their feet. We have been a good citizen and have helped others who may not have otherwise gotten help. These improvements that we are seeking funding for will help us to further those efforts,” Skeet Ayscue, director, said.

The grant, however, is required to be administered by a local government agency, so Ayscue requested the county’s support to be the fiduciary agent.

As part of a required action for the grant process, a public hearing was held during the commissioners regular meeting Monday night, though no one spoke during the hearing. After holding the hearing, the commissioners voted unanimously to approve the application and the authorizing resolution, which will allow the county to comply with all state regulations regarding the grant.

Though the county would be the administrator for the grant, if the grant is awarded to Homes of Hope, no county funds will be required as a match.

The primary purpose of the NC Catalyst Grant is to provide funding to local governments or organizations supported by a local government to improve the living condition and environment for low to moderate income households.

Though the county has agreed to support this effort, Homes of Hope will still be required to hold a public hearing regarding the matter, an exact date for which has not been set.

Home of Hope will be using Hobbs, Upchurch & Associates as the grant administration to assist with the grant development, administration and project oversight.

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