City Welcomes Boost in Housing Funds

City Welcomes Boost in Housing Funds

"he city of Walla Walla has received its largest contribution yet from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program.

The allotment of $394,643 was granted and announced to the city in May but was heralded to communities Thursday in an announcement from the office of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

The funds are part of the annual allocation the city receives as an “entitlement community,” said Walla Walla Community Development Block Grant Coordinator Jennifer Beckmeyer.

The program provides yearly grants through a formula for qualifying cities and counties to help develop housing, expand economic opportunities and provide suitable living for low- and moderate-income residents.

This year’s budget was around $380,000, so the jump was a pleasant surprise, Beckmeyer said.

She said the city has a five-year plan for how to dedicate the funds. That plan is revisited each year with opportunities for public input..."

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