By Carolyn Barbre
Assembly District 34 will be receiving Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) in the amount of $2.5 million.
The grant funding is part of the Department of Housing and Community Development's continued efforts to expand housing, community development, and economic development opportunities of all Californians. The allocated funds are to be used specifically for the housing needs of California's lower-income families both by promoting ownership opportunities for first-time buyers and by refurbishing existing homes.
Lindsay City Manager Scot Townsend said the $500,000 Lindsay received will go for downtown housing such as plans to refurbish the Moore building into apartments plus commercial spaces.
"Part of our focus in getting home ownership in the community is that people owning their homes give the community strength," Townsend said.
The cities of Exeter, Farmersville and Woodlake, and Tulare County also each received $500,000 in grant monies.
Assemblyman Bill Maze (R-Visalia) said, "I'm glad to see these funds being allocated to several cities of the 34th Assembly District. I truly believe that safe, adequate, and suitable housing is vital in the progression of a community."
Assemblyman Maze represents the 34th District including Tulare, Kern, San Bernardino, and Inyo counties.