Gila County has access to more than $400,000 in federal and state funds for projects to help low- and moderate-income persons.
The federal funds, a Community Development Block Grant of approximately $136,000 and State Special Project Funds up to $300,000 can be used for such things as:
- Public Infrastructure (e.g. water, wastewater, street improvements);
- Community Facilities (e.g. parks, health clinics, libraries, senior or youth centers);
- Housing (e.g. owner occupied or multifamily rehab, new housing constructed by nonprofit);
- Public Services (e.g. purchasing a van to transport persons with disabilities, equipment and rent to start a new job training program);
- Economic Development (e.g., a loan to a business for job creation, acquisition of land for an existing business expansion).
- Or projects that reduce slums or blight or meets an urgent need, and health hazards.
Public hearings are scheduled to discuss community needs and possible projects at:
- 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at Gila County Central Heights Complex, 5515 S. Apache Ave., Globe; and
- 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Gila Community College, Payson Campus, 210 N. Mud Springs Rd., Payson.
For more information about the meetings and for information about how Gila County can help you if you have an idea for a possible project, contact David Fletcher at (928) 425-3231, ext. 8801. Persons with a disability and requiring a reasonable accommodation such as a sign interpreter, call (928) 425-0839.