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Louisa receives grant to replace damaged homes
Louisa County is one of two localities to receive a community development grant.
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday that more than $1.3 million in Community Development Block Grants funding will go to Louisa and Southampton counties from the Urgent Needs Open Submission and the Community Economic Development programs.
“Whether it is rebuilding after a natural disaster or supporting economic growth in a locality, the Commonwealth supports using appropriate resources to make Virginia a better place to live and work, ” McDonnell said.
Louisa received a grant for $622,000 for the rehabilitation and replacement of homes severely damaged by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake on August 23. The epicenter was in Louisa County and many homes and public buildings were damaged.
Under the Urgent Needs Open Submission program, eligible projects alleviate existing conditions which pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community, McDonnell said.
Southampton County received $700,000 to support the construction of a wood pellet manufacturing center. This project is expected to directly create at least 64 new full-time jobs. This project was funded under the CDBG Community Economic Development program, which provides financial assistance for up to $700,000 to localities to support economic development activities that create employment opportunities for low- to moderate-income residents.
Since 1982, the federally-funded Community Development Block Grants program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Virginia receives up to $16 million annually for this “small cities” grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process.