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October 29, 2003



           City and federal officials jointly announced today the release of $17,828,996 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist the low-income, elderly, homeless and at-risk youths in our community.

           “This funding is especially important because of the tight fiscal condition our City is facing,” said Ben Lee, City Managing Director.  “The monies will be put to good use servicing those who need our help the most.”

           Also at the news conference were Michael Liu, Assistant HUD Secretary for Public and Indian Housing; Gordan Furutani, Director of HUD’s Honolulu Field Office; Michael Flores, Director of HUD’s Public Housing; and Mark Chandler, Director of HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development.

           The federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has provided grants to Honolulu through HUD since 1975.  A plan and application is submitted by the City annually to HUD.  The funding is intended to enable Honolulu to address the “development of viable communities, by providing decent housing and suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low and moderate income.”

           The CDBG grant will provide for such activities as acquiring real property benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, urban renewal, improving physical accessibility for the elderly and handicapped, rehabilitating eligible buildings and supporting certain types of economic development.

           The following is a list of some of the major recipients who will share in the
$17.8 million grant:

·         The Palolo Chinese Home (Construction)                                    $1,930,000

·         Domestic Violence and Legal Hotline (Facility)                            $1,565,000

·         Community Investment Program (Economic Development)           $1,000,000

·         Lanakila Meals On Wheels (Renovation)                                      $750,000

·         Salvation Army (Renovation)                                                       $756,000

·         Hawaii Foodbank Warehouse (Construction)                                $700,000

·         Pacific Gateway Center (Facility)                                                $650,000

·         St. Francis-Facility for Elderly (Design)                                        $450,000

·         Boys and Girls Club (Renovation)                                                $359,000



Wednesday, October 29, 2003

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