Loudoun Gets Surprise Federal Grant Windfall

Loudoun County will hold a second public hearing on its Community Development Block Grant program after finding out the county will get about $334,000 more than expected from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In the past, the county has typically seen about $1 million from the grant, which it uses to increase the availability of affordable housing and assist homeless and special needs households. All funding has to be allocated to a project to get the full award.

County supervisors had approved a plan for this year in April, but the plan did not account for the more than $300,000 increase in grant funding this year to $1,334,299. To get the full award, the county will have to add to its plan, which will also require a new public hearing July 11.

Loudoun Department of Family Services Assistant Director Sarah Coyle Etro said the county has not had a situation like this before, and county staff members do not know what caused the windfall.

The county Department of Family Services has recommended dividing the funding among INMED, the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, Crossroads Jobs Inc., HealthWorks, Mobile Hope, the Town of Leesburg, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, and the Loudoun County Home Rehabilitation Program.

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