Election Results

Funding Awarded for Housing and Community Development Programs

July 28, 2022 at 1:35 pm

The City of Mesa has received more than $6 million, including over $5.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for various programs to help people in need during the 2022/2023 fiscal year.

The funds awarded by HUD through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs support housing and community development activities in Mesa that benefit low and moderate-income residents and assist in preventing slum and blighting influences. The City has also announced funding for its Human Services programs, which receive money from the General Fund and contributions from the ABC: A Better Community program.

"The City partners with numerous nonprofit agencies to get input to meet the needs of our residents, and we are grateful for the financial assistance from HUD and from many in our community who want to help those who are struggling," said Natalie Lewis, Deputy City Manager.

The list of funding recommendations was submitted by Mesa City Council to HUD as part of the City's Annual Action Plan, following a 30-day public comment period and City Council and Human Services Advisory Board public meetings earlier this year. Mesa allocated the funding to various programs, including homeless and crisis services, food and basic needs, health services, youth services and education, workforce development and tax and legal assistance.

The City of Mesa received $3 million in CDBG funding for its rehabilitation programs to assist residents with paying for home repairs and renovations and $1 million in CDBG funding for rehabilitation of the Reed Park playground. The City also received $200,000 in HOME funds for its Rental and Utility Deposit Program. Nonprofit agencies receiving funding include A New Leaf, Community Bridges, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) and Save the Family. These are funds traditionally allocated each year and do not include other federal funds awarded during and after the pandemic.

A complete list of agencies and funding allocations is available at https://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/community-development. Click on the "Funding Allocations FY 2022/2023" link.