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(Friday, Sept. 4, 2009) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City and County of Honolulu is accepting applications from organizations and nonprofit agencies for $8 million in Community Development Block Grants and $3.5 million in HOME Investment Partnership funds. Both programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “This is a wonderful example of how two City departments, Community Services (DCS) and Budget and Fiscal Services (BFS), have joined forces with HUD to offer financial support to organizations that support those most in need in our community.  This is an excellent example of an effective partnership.”


Community Development Block Grants are available for projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.  HOME money, meanwhile, is available to community housing development organizations and other qualified private nonprofit organizations to develop and support affordable rental housing and homeownership affordability.  Community housing development organizations seeking to develop multifamily rental housing are given top priority. 


BFS Director Rix Maurer III and DCS Director Debbie Kim Morikawa both urged organizations to apply. The request for proposals is available at the Division of Purchasing, Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, or online at


The City will hold an informational and orientation meeting for prospective applicants on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 9:00 a.m., at Mission Memorial Auditorium, on the Fasi Civic Center grounds.  City officials will describe the CDBG and HOME programs. The deadline for applications for both grant programs is 4:00 p.m., October 2, 2009.


            The City’s online e-mail notification system will continue to allow applicants for federal grants, available through the City’s CDBG and HOME programs, to receive e-mail notification of funding opportunities whenever they become available. Applicants may register at:


Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928