The city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will receive its annual entitlement award in the amount $720,749 in July. Grants will be given in three areas: Public Services, Homeownership/Rehabilitation and Microenterprise for a total of 13 awards.
Public Service grants were awarded to agencies serving families and children. These include shelter services for teens, partnering unaccompanied youth wanting to finish high school with volunteer host families, children’s court advocates and affordable housing resident services. New this year, is a program offered by Community Action that seeks to reduce the number of households evicted from their homes by leveraging the collective expertise and resources of Oregon Law Center, Community Action, and tenant advocacy partners.
Homeownership/Rehabilitation grants were given for direct assistance in purchasing homes through a partnership with Proud Ground, as well as critical rehab and Americans with Disabilities Act adaptions for low-income homeowners who need urgent repairs made to their homes but cannot afford them.
Microenterprise grants were awarded to two agencies, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) and LatinoBuilt. These agencies help minority-owned micro businesses expand their economic opportunities and start/retain their own small businesses. LatinoBuilt, whose focus is on construction trades, is new this year. LatinoBuilt’s goal is holistic and will provide no-cost web design training, marketing and promotion assistance, English classes, financial coaching and access to low-interest loans. Given city goals related to Oregon’s Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) these programs are well timed. COBID participation, which was formerly referred to as Minority, Women, Emerging Small Business and Disabled Veterans, is required in all projects undertaken by and for the city. A good faith effort must be demonstrated when contracting and purchasing with the city. For additional information on the city’s COBID requirements, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/beavertonequityprocurementprogram.
Contact Kathy Anderson Peoples with the Community Development Department at kpeoples@BeavertonOregon.gov for more information about the CDBG Program. To find recent CDBG-related information you can also visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/beavertonactionplan.