Sutter County Cuts OK Grant Funds for Harmony Village | New

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the use of grant funds to improve water wells and septic systems at an affordable housing complex in southern Sutter County.

In October 2020, the county purchased the Baymont Motel along Highway 99 to establish 62 permanent low-income housing units, the appeal previously reported. The facility was purchased for $7.3 million and was funded by a combination of government funds – $6.7 million in Homekey Project funds and approximately $520,000 in federal aid, relief and economic security against coronavirus.

After the purchase, the county transferred ownership to Habitat for Humanity Yuba-Sutter, which oversees operations.

Because the county said the facility was so successful and because of needed improvements, supervisors on Tuesday approved the passage of a resolution authorizing the “submission of a project application” for revenue funds. from the county’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program of approximately $955,468 to be used for “needed improvements to Harmony Village’s water well and septic tank,” according to a staff report.

“The CDBG program is a component of the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) that aims to improve the lives of low- and middle-income residents through the creation and expansion of community development opportunities and economics in support of livable housing. communities,” the county said.

According to the staff report, Habitat for Humanity “identified the need to expand the existing septic system and install a new well to provide water to residents.”

The county said the funds used will be for the following:

– Septic expansion: $350,000

– Installation of wells: $364,829

– General administration: $240,639

The county has previously approved a variety of other uses of eligible HCD CDBG funds projects. They include the New Haven Court permanent supportive housing project in June 2019, the Live Oak watermain project in March 2015, and various reuse agreements from February 1994 to December 2014, according to the staff report.

With Tuesday’s approval, the county will now “submit the resolution to the HCD and complete the online application for the use of funds in accordance with CDBG guidelines,” the county said.

“There is no impact on the general fund to allocate the remaining CDBG funds. Additionally, the CDBG funds include an allowance for the county general administration and its consultant(s) to oversee the use of the funds,” the county said.

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