February 22, 2024

Walla Walla residents can touch upon the usage of Group Improvement Block Grant funds within the metropolis in 2022 and provides enter on the estimated $2 million that shall be used through the subsequent 5 years.

CDBG funds are federal funds used to assist housing and financial growth initiatives for low-to-moderate-income households and neighborhoods.

The $553,391 spent in Walla Walla in 2022 went towards public companies for residents, infrastructure initiatives, housing growth, enterprise assist and ongoing pandemic-related applications, in response to the annual efficiency analysis.

About 50% of the funds have been used for initiatives and households within the designated Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Space with the remaining 50% used all through the town.

Priority funding areas

Precedence funding areas for Group Improvement Block Grant infrastructure and services initiatives.

The general public service applications supported authorized companies for 274 individuals, grownup literacy for seven and monetary literacy for 15.

A separate venture improved a parking zone and prolonged a sidewalk close to Jefferson Park, bettering entry and security for the Walla Walla Senior Middle and others visiting the park and playground, the evaluation mentioned. This venture was in this system focus space.

When it got here to housing, the 2022 program included six rental unit rehabilitation initiatives which might be anticipated to be accomplished in 2023. The House Restore Loans venture, which affords income-qualified households funds to make repairs, additionally continued in 2022, with one venture accomplished and three began.

A program for companies provided coaching, assist and grants to eight small companies, in response to the evaluation. 5 of these companies have been in this system focus space and two have been little one care services.

Hire, utility and mortgage assist was additionally continued for households affected by the pandemic. The Blue Mountain Motion Council partnered with the town for that program.

Of the 638 whole households assisted by this system, 367, or 57.5%, have been Hispanic. The whole included 620 white households, 4 Black households, 5 Asian households, seven Native American households and two Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander households.


Feedback on the 2022 efficiency evaluation, accepted by means of April 10, could also be emailed to Lydia Caudill at [email protected].

For feedback about future funding plans included within the 2024-2028 Consolidated Plan, residents can share enter in on-line surveys particular to homelessness wants and priorities, public companies and public services and infrastructure.

The surveys, obtainable at bit.ly/UB-CDBGsurveys, are open by means of Friday, March 31.

A public assembly deliberate for six:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, is one other alternative to remark.

Residents can present suggestions in regards to the 2022 efficiency evaluation and 2024-2028 plan on the assembly at Metropolis Corridor, 15 N. Third Ave.