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Housing Funds Available
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Escalon city officials are anticipating the receipt of about $75,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant program funds for 2014-15 and residents can now apply for a share of those funds.

Money in the program is designed for assisting low- and moderate-income residents with obtaining decent housing and for expanding economic opportunity in the community.

Infrastructure, public facilities, housing rehabilitation and neighborhood revitalization are a few of the activities considered eligible for the CDBG funding.

Residents who are interested in applying for a share of the funds have to file an application by 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. Applications can be obtained from the City of Escalon Development Services Department, 2060 McHenry, and must be returned to the same location. Call 209-691-7432 for more information. Individual applicants for CDBG funds must meet one of HUD’s national objectives, whether it will benefit a low income person, address a blighted condition in the community or address an urgent health and/or safety need,.

Also available will be federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds, with the city allocating the money (roughly $7,600) for homeowner and rental construction and rehabilitation, and first-time homebuyer assistance.

Applications for the HOME funds are available through the San Joaquin County Community Development Department at 1810 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton or by calling 209-468-3139 and must be received by Friday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Escalon City Council did not gather for its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 6 due to lack of agenda items. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 21 – since Jan. 20 is being observed as a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.