Federal Grant Helps Low to Moderate Income People in Arvada
Arvada, CO – The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, funded through the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), is a flexible program that provides local communities with resources to address the needs of disadvantaged and at-risk citizens. In 2016 alone, CDBG helped fund vital services that provided over 25,000 instances of assistance to Arvada’s low-income population. The CDBG program in Arvada works to ensure decent affordable housing, provides services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and creates jobs through infrastructure improvements in older lower-income neighborhoods.
In 2016, the City of Arvada used its CDBG funds to partner with various agencies in providing vital services to low- and moderate-income citizens. CDBG funds assisted the Arvada Community Food Bank, the Carin’ Clinic, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, and the City Essential Home Repairs Program.
Of the many stories where citizens received crucial help, two are highlighted here to represent how CDBG grant funding helps our community tackle serious needs.
G.J. was a 14-month-old child who had been having diarrhea and fussiness for months. Her mom was literally in tears because she felt like something was terribly wrong. After spending an hour at the CDBG-funded Carin’ Clinic, looking at past history and conducting some preliminary tests, the Clinic arranged an appointment with a gastrointestinal doctor at Children’s Hospital within three days. The mom cried because she was so relieved and felt like it was the first time someone really listened to her. She expressed how she was so thankful to have found the Clinic.
Linda was a low-income 75-year-old with COPD living on a limited income. This past winter, her sewer backed up into her home and she was unable to use the bathroom. She was forced to leave her home in search of public restrooms. This was not only an inconvenience but extremely taxing given her medical condition. She needed help and contacted the CDBG-funded City Essential Home Repairs Program for assistance. The program was able to provide her emergency assistance to repair the sewer line on her property so that she could meet her basic human needs and improve her quality of life.
The CDBG program, established in 1974, is one of the longest continuously-run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to more than 1,000 different local and state government agencies.