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LOCAL NON-PROFITS INVITED TO APPLY FOR FUNDS; FEDERAL FUNDING APPLICATION CYCLE OPENS FEB. 12

Salem, Ore. – Eligible non-profits in Salem and Keizer are invited to submit proposals for approximately $1,050,000 in City of Salem Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Applications will also be accepted for approximately $400,000 from the City’s funds designated for supportive services.

The online application portal at www.salemgrants.org opens Tues., Feb. 12, 2019 at 8 a.m. All applications must be submitted by Thurs., Mar. 14, 2019 at 5 p.m. Applications sent by any other method, including, but not limited to, facsimile, email, postal service, hand delivery, or any method other than www.salemgrants.org, will not be accepted. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Federal and local guidelines for funding from the CDBG and HOME programs, as well as the City’s programs, are included in the online application. Applications for projects must comply with strict eligibility criteria. Applicable funds are for the 2019 Program Year, beginning Jul. 1, 2019.

The City will hold three application technical assistance workshops to assist potential applicants. The same information will be presented at each workshop. Interested persons need only to attend one session.

  • Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., City of Salem Urban Development Conference Room located at 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem, Ore.
  • Wed., Feb. 6, 2019 at 9 a.m., City of Salem Urban Development Conference Room located at 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem, Ore.
  • Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 at 3 p.m., City of Salem Urban Development Conference Room located at 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem, Ore.

Workshop training material will also be available at regularly held meetings of the housing and social service community:

  • Health and Housing Committee Meeting on Mon., Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m., Salem Housing Authority, 360 Church Street, Salem, Ore.
  • Emergency Housing Network (EHN), Thurs., Feb. 14 at 11 a.m., Union Gospel Mission 345 Commercial St NE Salem, Ore.

More about the funding sources:

Federal Community Development Block Grant Funding. The purpose of the CDBG Program is to benefit low to moderate-income households by funding projects that revitalize neighborhoods, increase affordable housing, expand economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services. The estimated entitlement allocation available for programs/projects this year is $500,000. This published amount is subject to change based upon Congressional action.

Federal HOME Investment Partnership Funding. The HOME Investment Partnerships program funds a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent, or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. The estimated entitlement allocation available for HOME programs/projects this year is $650,000. This published amount is subject to change based upon Congressional action.

For more detailed information on HUD guidelines for CDBG and HOME funding, visit www.hud.gov.

City of Salem Funding. The City of Salem provides funds to support activities that provide supportive services to low-income citizens of Salem. The estimated City of Salem General Fund allocation available for programs this year is $400,000. This published amount is subject to change based upon Salem City Council action.

For any additional information, please contact Shelly Ehenger, City of Salem Federal Programs Manager, at sehenger@cityofsalem.net or 503-540-2494. 

 

Charitable, Nonprofit Property Tax Exemption Applications Due January 24

​On January 8, 2018, the Salem City Council enacted an ordinance that provides property tax exemptions for low-income housing held by charitable, nonprofit organizations. The tax exemption is intended to benefit low-income residents and support the availability of low-income housing units in the City. Applications for the 2018/19 tax year are due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Here is a link to the application: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/charitable-nonprofit-property-tax-exemption-applications-due-january-24.aspx

 

 
 
 
 
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