$6 Million in Federal Grants to Help Arlington Residents with Job Readiness, Housing Assistance, Health Services and More
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communication
Posted on October 07, 2022, October 07, 2022

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Thanks to $6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, more dreams will be realized in Arlington for low-to-moderate income residents.

The City Council voted in June to approve the proposed Program Year 2022 Action Plan, which is the annual spending plan for federal funds allocated to the City of Arlington. The plan also includes reprogramming of $1.17 million in fund balances from the past three years combined.

Subject to HUD's approval, the Program Year 2022 Action Plan describes how the City of Arlington intends to use funds available under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs to increase opportunities and impact the lives of its residents.

The Action Plan priorities include activities addressing housing and homelessness, quality childcare, mental health, food insecurity and substance abuse in our community. Federal funds are administered by the City of Arlington’s Grant Management Department. The grants help meet priority community needs as well as continue City Council priorities.

The City will implement the Action Plan in a coordinated effort with neighborhood groups, private sector contractors, developers, non-profit organizations, City departments and regional planning groups.

How the Money Will Be Allocated

Approximately $3.6 million in Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG), including neighborhood infrastructure, housing rehabilitation and public services to assist Arlington residents with workforce development, childcare, health services, nutrition, homelessness and other special needs. Individual projects include $400,000 for facility improvements at the Boys and Girls club of Greater Tarrant County Arlington location, $393,376 for the Arlington Housing Authority’s Housing Rehabilitation Program and $52,982 for Arlington Charities’ food pantry and services. Other funded initiatives include nearly $73,500 for the Parks and Recreation Department’s Build a Dream Scholarship Program and nearly $24,000 for H.O.P.E Tutoring Center.

The HOME Investment partnership grant will use approximately $1 million to fund first-time homebuyer and tenant-based rental assistance programs.

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) assists individuals to regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The ESG grant is expected to provide $274,183 to local homeless shelters and other homeless service providers. This includes nearly $50,600 to Arlington Urban Ministries for homelessness prevention efforts, $82,000 to SafeHaven of Tarrant County for shelter services and rapid rehousing and about $30,000 to the Arlington Life Shelter.

Learn How to Apply for a Grant

Is your community organization interested in applying for federal grants? The City of Arlington will host its Program Year 2023 Funding Availability Workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St. This workshop, which is mandatory for all eligible groups who wish to apply, will cover topics such as sources of available funding, understanding application requirement, the importance of post-award management and grants tips and hints.

For more information, please contact the Grants Management Department at 817-459-6238 or [email protected].

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