At its Monday meeting, Bloomington’s redevelopment commission (RDC) signed off on recommendations for spending $1.1 million of federal community development block grant (CDBG) money for 2022.
The recommendations came from a citizens advisory committee. The money will go to more than a dozen different non-profits—for social services and for physical improvements.
The recommendations also include money for two city departments: $140,000 to the engineering department for sidewalk improvements on Adams Street; and $110,000 to utilities for bio-retention ponds.
CDBG grants are awarded every year. After receiving $1,017,968 last year, the city is estimating that this year’s allocation will be $900,000.
But the recommendations considered by the RDC on Monday totaled $1.1 million. That’s because $200,000 of funding that was unused in previous years is being tapped this year, according to John Zody, who’s director of Bloomington’s housing and neighborhood development (HAND) department.
Responding to an emailed question from The B Square, Zody wrote, “When organizations don’t use their entire award, or a project doesn’t end up happening, money can remain in our overall CDBG allocations. We have been moving forward those dollars in order to meet additional need.”
The city council will still have to give its approval, which typically comes at an early spring meeting.
Under federal rules, up to 15 percent of a year’s CDBG allocation can be used for social services. For this year’s estimated $900,000, that works out to a total of $135,000. Bloomington typically maxes out the 15-percent social services allocation.
Federal rule also allow 20 percent to go towards administration of the program. Applied to $900,000 that works out to $180,000.
The social services recommendation is split evenly between emergency and non-emergency social services.
This year, if the federal funding turns out to be greater than estimated, then the additional money is to be divided evenly between the non-profits that were allocated some funding. If the federal funding turns out to be less, then the money to each non-profit will be decreased evenly.
Table: Social Services
|Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard||$25,000||$16,875|
|Hoosier Hills Food Bank||$25,000||$16,875|
|Middle Way House Domestic Violence||$25,000||$16,875|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington||$25,000||$16,875|
|New Leaf-New Life – Criminal Justice Transition||$25,000||$16,875|
|New Hope for Families||$25,000||$16,875|
|Monroe County United Ministries||$25,000||$0|
|My Sister’s Closet||$25,000||$0|
For the physical improvements, the contingency for a total grant amount that is greater or less than $900,000 is a little more complex than for social services.
For physical improvements, the first priority for additional money will be to fully fund the Bloomington Housing Authority’s solar panel project. After that, additional money will be used to fully fund the CBU water retention project. Any remaining funds would be divided between the other projects on a proportionate basis.
If the CDBG funding this year is less than estimated, then all projects will be decreased proportionately, except for the project proposed by Monroe County United Ministries to put new siding on its self-sufficiency center, and the project proposed by Tandem Community Birth Center to improve entrance access.
Table: Physical Improvements
|Summit Hill Community Development Corp (BHA)||Solar panels on 2 buildings in Walnut Woods||$160,000||$150,000|
|City of Bloomington Engineering||Sidewalk improvements on Adams Street||$190,000||$140,000|
|LifeDesigns||Interior renovations of Housing Options 1||$175,976||$134,653|
|City of Bloomington Utilities||Bio-retention ponds||$150,000||$110,000|
|Bloomington Cooperative Living||404 W. Kirkwood||$130,000||$84,500|
|Boys & Girls Club||Safety and security upgrades at 1111 W 12th||$81,405||$75,000|
|New Hope for Families||Solar panel installation at 1140 S Madison||$60,000||$60,000|
|Monroe County United Ministries||New Siding on the Self Sufficiency Center||$20,847||$20,847|
|Tandem Community Birth Center||Improve entrance accesses and bring them up to code||$10,000||$10,000|
The $785,000 total for physical improvements, plus $135,000 for social services, plus $180,000 for administration, makes a total of $1.1 million in recommendations.
Expected in “late spring” is notification from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) about the actual amount of funding for Bloomington in 2022, Zody told RDC members on Monday.