U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that Pierce County will receive $3 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. In addition, the county will also receive $1.282 million from HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).
The CDBG program helps support home ownership, housing rehabilitation, public improvements, and economic development projects in communities throughout the country. Since 1974, the program has invested more than $153 billion in communities nationwide, and the program has helped leverage $4.09 in non-CDBG funding for every $1.00 of funding given out through the program.
The HOME program is the federal government’s only block grant program to help state and local governments create more affordable housing units for low-income families The program has created more than 1.3 million units since 1992 and provided direct rental assistance to more than 356,000 low-income families nationwide. It serves urban, suburban, and rural communities, providing resources for seniors, persons with disabilities, homeless families and individuals, and military veterans.
Senator Cantwell has long been a supporter of the CDBG program and the HOME program. She has also prioritized investment in affordable housing, helping to secure nearly $3 billion in additional affordable housing funding in March 2018 and introducing legislation earlier this year to increase investment in affordable housing and provide more resources and stronger protections for at-risk groups.