Indio City Council Approves Nearly $1 Million in Community Funding

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The Indio City Council has unanimously approved the use of nearly $1 million to provide local organizations addressing homelessness, food needs and other community-supported purposes.

The board approved a total of $956,008.97. $875,000 will come from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and $81,008.97 will come from the CARES Act Supplementary Funds (CDBG-CV).

City officials said the CDBG funding authorized for the upcoming fiscal year will go toward rebuilding existing streets, sidewalks, and curbs/gutters in two specific Indio neighborhoods identified as needing significant physical improvements.

CDBG funds will also be used to continue landlord/tenant mediation and fair housing services currently provided by Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board, and the Meals on Wheels program administered by the Joslyn Center at the Indio Senior Center for low-income seniors. revenue.

“We are pleased to be able to allocate these CDBG funds to the places that need it the most,” said Mayor Waymond Fermon. “We’ve taken a step back with this year’s process to really find out what worked and what didn’t, and we know this money will be put to good use.”

Separately, CDBG-CV funds are intended to support the work of Martha’s Village and Kitchen, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and FIND Food Bank to expand local efforts to prevent, prepare for and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

Programs/activities funded by the CDBG:

$35,000 Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board – Landlord/Tenant Mediation and Fair Housing Services

Indio Senior Center’s $24,000 Meals on Wheels Program

$641,000 city public infrastructure improvements (street reconstruction, sidewalk and gutter repairs, and sidewalk ramp ADA/accessibility improvements)

$175,000 Administration (grant management, staff and operating expenses)

Programs/activities funded by CDBG-CV:

$27,000 Martha’s Village and Kitchen—Full Services for the Homeless

$27,000 Coachella Valley Rescue Mission – Overnight Lodging Services

$27,008.97 FIND Food Bank—Food Distribution and Outreach

Indio’s annual CDBG funds flow to the city through its designation as a community of law. CDBG is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for activities and in neighborhoods designated as eligible under HUD criteria.

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