August 08, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce More Than $26 Million for Economic Development and Housing Assistance in West Virginia

Funding will help develop affordable housing opportunities, improve homelessness and expand economic development in communities across the state

Washington, D.C. — Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Representative Nick Rahall, announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $26,519,322 to develop sustainable communities and expand economic opportunities for West Virginia families by improving neighborhood facilities and services. The funding will also provide critical housing assistance to those in need. 

“As West Virginians, we pride ourselves on our long-lasting philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors and supporting those who are in need,” Senator Manchin said. “We should do everything we can to make sure that our neighbors have the resources they need to get back on their feet, contribute to their communities and provide for their families, and that starts with the basic necessity of housing. Not only will these funds will provide support for West Virginians in need, but it will also establish strategies that will boost local and regional economies through community development and revitalization projects.”

“Housing programs in West Virginia are vital to the stability and well-being of so many families,” Rockefeller said. “This much needed funding will help support jobs and create affordable homes for people across our state.” 

“This HUD funding is important to our cities like Huntington, which have found innovative ways to put Community Development Block Grants to good use in revitalizing communities and bringing new life to whole neighborhoods.  Every $1 in Community Development Block Grants leverages $3 in additional private and public investments.  Short sighted cuts by Congressional Republicans in Washington ignore the long term success of these funds – that isn’t pennywise but it sure remains pound foolish.  These are important investments that I continue to champion in helping to strengthen our local economy and improve the quality of life for all West Virginians,” said Rahall.

Various HUD programs will provide funding to regions throughout West Virginia. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funding will help to revitalize neighborhoods, expand housing development and improve community facilities and services; HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding will be used to implement programs to increase homeownership and affordable housing opportunities; Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding will be used to provide housing assistance specifically to West Virginians living with HIV/AIDS; and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding will support essential services related to emergency shelter and homeless management.

Below are the individual awards to each recipient:

• West Virginia State Programs — $12,831,207 (CDBG), $1,455,208 (ESG), $3,934,786 (HOME), $342,910 (HOPWA)

• Charleston — $1,390,932 (CDBG), $503,369 (HOME)

• Huntington — $1,562,772 (CDBG), $131,179 (ESG), $588,575 (HOME)

• Martinsburg — $268,583(CDBG), $324,457 (HOME)

• Morgantown — $359,651(CDBG)

• Parkersburg — $784,820 (CDBG), $264,181 (HOME)

• Weirton — $377,063 (CDBG)

• Wheeling--$1,134,416 (CDBG), $265,213 (HOME)