A consolidated plan for how Community Development Block Grant money will be spent during the next five years will be before the Bellevue City Council at its July 16 session.
The plan, developed by the city’s CDBG Committee, establishes three high priorities for the period 2019-2023. Requests for funding that advance these priorities are considered more likely to be granted. The priorities are:
1. Encourage economic development through business growth and job creation: Rehabilitating existing commercial buildings, helping businesses to expand, developing training programs and improving transportation options are considered keys to achieving this goal.
2. Improve, expand and make public infrastructure and public buildings more accessible: Revitalization efforts will be supported, along with efforts to reverse deterioration in existing neighborhoods. Barriers to accessibility will be removed.
3. Increase housing availability and sustainability: Assistance will be provided to low- and moderate-income homeowners whose homes need repairs. Efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing will be supported, with particular emphasis on the housing needs of the elderly, the disabled and at-risk individuals and families.
Also making the priority list, although granted a “low priority” designation, is increasing public services and expanding their availability. Of these, providing enhanced services to the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill are given special mention, along with senior services and enhancing crime awareness.