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MODESTO - The City of Modesto Housing and Urban Development Division will be seeking applications for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) eligible public services and projects. Participation in a mandatory technical assistance workshop is required in order to receive access to an application for either grant opportunity. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10 in Council Chambers located in the basement of City Hall, 1010 10th Street. There will be two sessions to choose from:

· Session 1 (morning) will be offered from 9 - 10:30 a.m.

· Session 2 (afternoon) will be offered from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Attendance is only required at one of the two sessions offered. Please contact the City’s Housing and Urban Development Division at (209) 577-5245 within 48 hours of this mandatory meeting should any special accommodation be needed.

New this year, projects selected for funding will be funded for two years. The two-year funding cycle is intended to enhance project stability and design, and direct resources toward service delivery instead of grant-writing and application review. Level of funding for the second year will depend upon the availability of funding, as well as project performance during the first year of the award.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is intended to develop viable urban communities through the provision of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities for persons of low- and moderate-income. For fiscal year 2011-12, the City expects to make available approximately $300,000 for CDBG-eligible public services. CDBG-eligible public services include, but are not limited to:

· Literacy programs;

· Food distribution;

· Services for persons experiencing homelessness;

· Services for persons with special needs;

· Services for older adults;

· Youth development programs; and

· Supportive housing programs.

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, formerly known as Emergency Shelter Grants, strives to address the immediate needs of persons residing on the street and needing emergency shelter and transitional housing; as well as assisting their movement to independent living. A portion of ESG funds may be used to serve persons at imminent risk of losing their permanent housing and consequently experiencing homelessness. For fiscal year 2011-12, the City expects to make available approximately $100,000 for ESG-eligible projects. ESG-eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

· Rehabilitation of facilities;

· Provision of essential services;

· Operational costs; and

· Homelessness prevention activities.

Fair housing services, including tenant-landlord counseling, are funded through a separate Request for Proposals process. These services will not be considered for CDBG or ESG funding.

For questions regarding the mandatory technical assistance workshop on February 10 or the Request for Applications, please contact the City of Modesto Housing and Urban Development Division at (209) 577-5245 orhousing@modestogov.com.

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