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Published: Thursday, 3/20/2014 - Updated: 6 months ago

Toledo gets funding from 3 federal grants

Some sources down, others increase

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER
St. Paul’s Community Center, a shelter on 13th Street for mentally ill men, received $20,500 last year and requested $68,000 in funding from the city this year. St. Paul’s Community Center, a shelter on 13th Street for mentally ill men, received $20,500 last year and requested $68,000 in funding from the city this year.
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Toledo got an expected reduction in Community Development Block Grant money but received increases in two other federal funding sources allocated by the city’s neighborhoods department to community services agencies such as homeless shelters.

Neighborhoods Director Tom Kroma told council’s neighborhoods committee Tuesday that the city expected a nearly 2 percent cut from the $7 million Community Development Block Grant funding received last year.

Although he said Tuesday it would be another two weeks before Toledo’s allocation was known, he announced Wednesday the city would receive nearly $6.9 million for the upcoming federal funding grant year that runs from July 1 through June 30, 2015. That is a 1.71 percent reduction from the 2013-14 funding.

The city received $498,959 last year from the federal Emergency Solutions Grant and $1.63 million from the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

This year, Toledo will get $569,389 — or 14.12 percent more — in ESG money. The HOME allocation increased 4.15 percent to more than $1.7 million.

“It is great to see a much needed increase in available ESG funding,” Mr. Kroma said.

ESG funds have been critical to homeless shelters and directors of those facilities have decried cutbacks the past several years. The 2012-13 allocation was $610,343.

ESG funds are available for five program components: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing assistance, and data collection through the Homeless Management Information System.

St. Paul’s Community Center, a shelter near downtown for mentally ill men, received $20,500 last year from ESG and requested an increase to $68,000 this year. Its CDBG funding last year was $43,942 and it is now asking for $66,000.

Family House, 669 Indiana Ave., received $94,170 from ESG last year and is requesting $213,251 this year. It is requesting less CDBG money this year. In 2013, it was awarded $64,166 but is asking for $13,430 this year. Family House Director Renee Palacios said CDBG funding is restricted and can be used only for specific purposes.

Catholic Charities, which runs the homeless shelter La Posada, is among those seeking more money. It was awarded $21,013 in ESG money last year and is now asking for $38,500. It did not request CDBG money this year while last year it was given $10,611.

The YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter is seeking a slight increase in ESG from $22,289 last year to $25,000 this year.

The funding requests from the homeless shelters are being reviewed by the city’s “citizen review committee” and the Collins administration. It includes all Toledo organizations seeking federal funding, not solely homeless shelters. For example, the Economic Opportunity Planning Association requested $451,000 in CDBG money, up from the $300,000 it received last year.

Contact Ignazio Messina at: imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171 or on Twitter @IgnazioMessina.



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