updated: 10/1/2012 12:40:56 PM
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $2 million in grants to the city of Hammond. The money will help fund programs that provide affordable housing to low-income workers and their families.
September 28, 2012
Hammond, Ind. -- Congressman Visclosky announced over $2 million in grant awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City of Hammond under the Department’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and HOME awards programs.
The three programs are intended to improve economic opportunities and provide adequate housing for low- and very low-income families. The CDBG program is awarded annually and helps state and local governments provide decent, affordable housing. ESG awards are also given annually to improve the quantity and quality of local homeless shelters. The HOME program helps to provide affordable housing to working families.
City of Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott said, “The funds obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are crucial to making Hammond a better place to live, work, and invest in. They allow us to expand economic opportunities, provide affordable housing and make our city more attractive. We are grateful to Congressman Visclosky for his assistance in securing these grants.”
Congressman Visclosky added, “I applaud the hard work of Mayor McDermott and the City of Hammond to secure these grants. With livable, affordable housing, we can make our region’s cities and towns stronger options for new businesses and new jobs. With the basic needs of our most vulnerable residents fulfilled, we can renew our commitment to the well-being of all Northwest Indiana families.”
Source: Office of Congressman Pete Visclosky