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Posted on: September 19, 2022

City of Kelso begins process of allocating $380,000 in federal funding to reduce homelessness

The cities of Longview & Kelso have received a special allocation of the federal HOME Investment Partnership Program through the 2021 American Rescue Plan in the amount of $1,326,274. The cities cooperate as the Longview-Kelso HOME Consortium to receive federal housing grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Kelso may allocate nearly $250,000 for an eligible project and another $130,000 to a Community Housing Development Organization for a project at the September 20 council meeting. For more information on permitted severe weather shelters, please contact the Community Development department at 360-442-5087.

 The public will have multiple opportunities to comment on the process to allocate the funds:

  1. City of Kelso Allocation Public Hearing: September 20, 2022, Kelso City Hall, 203 S. Pacific.
  2. Provide written comments prior to the public hearing or provide comments in-person. Meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. Applications can be reviewed online at the link below.
  3. Comments will be accepted from September 26 - October 11 on the Final Draft HOME-ARP allocation Plan.

Written comments on the HOME-ARP program and projects can be directed to McAllister Kosar, Community Development, Longview City Hall, PO Box 128/1525 Broadway, Longview, Washington, 98632-7080 or e-mailed to mcallister.kosar@ci.longview.wa.us.  

Copies of the draft allocation plan, requests for funding and more information is available online on the City of Longview webpage: https://www.mylongview.com/682/HOME-American-Rescue-Plan  or in person at Community Development Department, 1525 Broadway St, Longview, and on city council agendas at https://www.kelso.gov/city-council 

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