Township renews block grant funding through 2020

FLINT TWP. — The township is on board to continue entitlement status in the Genesee County Community Development Block Grant Fund (CDBG) from 2018-2020.

The township board unanimously approved a cooperative letter of agreement to remain a part of the program which establishes requirements and procedures that participating units of government must adhere to in order to qualify for CDBG funding. The community also has the choice of opting out.

Under a continuation clause from the original 1994 agree- ment, participating communities are required to file a letter every three years stating interest to remain in the program, according to a letter from the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission (GCMPC), which administrates the program.

Township officials also received a GCMPC report detailing local impact of previous funding from the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnerships (HIP) program.

The report highlights one project from each participating community, the number of residents served and the scope of funding from 2001-2016. The provided data “demonstrates the impact that these programs have in spurring community development, assisting vulnerable populations and providing valuable services to the residents that live, work and play in Genesee County,” the report states.

Serving 86,603 people over the past ten years, Flint Township had more than $3.1 million invested, including about $2.75 million in CDBG funds and about $390,000 HIP funds, according to the report. That includes $199,000 for the demolition of the Brookstone Apartments off Flushing Road, completed in 2010.

Since 2001, Flint Township CDBG spending has included $326,86) public service; $1,296,987 toward infrastructure improvements; and $1.128,093 for 67 houses in the HIP program.

Overall in Genesee County, the program has seen more than $48 million invested countywide, including about $35 million in CDBG and $13 million in HIP.

Public Service allocations of $1,935,259 helped serve more than 14,000 senior citizens each year.

Public Facilities and Improvements Funding of $5,776.708 helped with blight removal and demolition of hazardous structures such as the old Ramada Inn at I-75 and Pierson Road in Mt. Morris Township.

HIP allocations of $9,838,719 funded improvements for 590 homes countywide and Housing allocations of $10,579,073 in housing assistance aided “most vulnerable” populations including those at Lockwood of Burton.

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