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Projects identified for Auburn’s 2018-2019 block grant program

The city of Auburn identified 12 areas in the community that will benefit from its 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant funding from the federal government.

The funding, which the city has received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development since 1974, is used to fund services and projects that benefit low-to-moderate-income city residents, Senior Planner Renee Jensen said Thursday during a presentation of the CDBG Annual Action Plan to the Auburn City Council.

There are two categories of projects eligible for funding: Direct-benefit activities and area-wide activities.

Direct-benefit activities include housing assistance, domestic violence programs and programs for youth, senior citizens and the disabled. Anyone who meets a certain income criteria can benefit from these programs. Repairing sidewalks, playground renovations and neighborhood improvements qualify as area-wide activities. Only areas where more than 51 percent of residents are low-to-moderate income, according to U.S. Census data, can benefit from CDBG funding.

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