Summit County will use its federal Community Development Block Grant money next year to fund 14 projects ranging from a teen pregnancy shelter in Tallmadge to a walking trail in Springfield Township.
The county expects to receive $933,300 in block grant funds and an additional $465,000 in HOME money for affordable housing projects.
County Council on Monday approved the block grant action plan.
The county will keep 41 percent of the block grant money for administrative purposes — a percentage that council members Bill Roemer and Gloria Rodgers questioned as high.
But the county’s block grant coordinator, Holly Miller, said the money is needed to pay for oversight.
The county received requests for $1.3 million, she said. The money must be spent on efforts outside of Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls, which get their own Community Development Block Grant funding.
The projects and amounts are:
• $150,000 for the county Community and Economic Development Department to replace failing septic systems and wells for low- and moderate-income households.
• $100,000 for the county Community and Economic Development Department to administer a revolving loan fund to create jobs for low- and moderate-income individuals.
• $10,000 for the Battered Women’s Shelter. The money will pay for support groups in Tallmadge, Stow, Fairlawn and Twinsburg Township.
• $10,000 for H.M. Life Opportunity Services, which helps people transition to permanent housing.
• $7,500 for The Highlands, a teen pregnancy shelter in Tallmadge.
• $10,000 for Mature Services, which provides home-care services to the elderly.
• $51,500 for Info Line Inc., for two separate efforts: a database that tracks homelessness and to provide emergency call buttons to low- and moderate-income elderly in the county.
• $8,500 for Fair Housing Contact Service in Akron, which provides housing counseling and clinics.
• $40,000 for Rebuilding Together for minor home repairs for low- and moderate-income residents.
• $40,000 for the Akron Urban League for minor home repairs for low- and moderate-income residents.
• $45,000 for Springfield Township to buy land to create a walking trail on an abandoned trolley line between the township and Lakemore.
• $25,000 for Ardmore to support the Bridges Micro-farm in Tallmadge.
• $30,000 for the Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath Township to dig a pond at the facility and provide irrigation to grow more organic produce.
• $20,000 for Hattie Larlham to expand its community gardening to Crown Point and Old Trail School.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.