Governor Roy Barnes announces more than $40 million in Community Development Block Grant Awards

Governor Roy Barnes announced more than $40 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards to 87 Georgia communities.

ATLANTA, Aug. 20, 2001 — Governor Roy Barnes announced more than $40 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards to 87 Georgia communities.

The grant program is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and focuses improving living conditions and economic opportunities in cities and counties throughout the state.

"The Community Development Block Grant program is a great resource in that it provides flexible assistance to rural communities that are striving to help low and moderate-income citizens," Barnes said. "Through the awards given, these communities will be able to provide improved housing, increased assistance through public facilities, and enhanced job opportunities into areas that need it the most."

Projects that received grant awards included replacement of contaminated water wells and malfunctioning septic tanks, new public facilities to serve senior citizens, at-risk children, and the mentally and physically challenged, and replacement of sub-standard and dilapidated housing.

Also announced were $2 million in Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) awards to 10 Georgia communities. Funds for this program are allocated through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and are intended to increase the supply of decent, safe and affordable housing for low and moderate-income persons.

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