These 21 North Carolina communities just won $15 million to revitalize their economies by boosting their affordable housing

On December 16, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Commerce awarded 21 Community Development Block Grant – Neighborhood Revitalization (CDBG-NR) requests to local governments totaling $14.9 million.

Our most vulnerable communities are continuing to chart their path from this unprecedented pandemic,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “This funding will reinforce their revitalization efforts and infuse their community with more resources to support their long-term recovery.

The requests will provide housing and public improvements to help revitalize low- and moderate-income North Carolina communities.

The CDBG-NR offers a non-entitlement municipality or county the opportunity to tailor a community development project to address the specific and most critical needs of their community.

It costs more now to buy or rent so it’s critical that we invest more in affordable housing,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “These neighborhood revitalization grants will help us build stronger and more resilient communities across our state.

The following 21 communities and counties were approved for CDBG-NR awards up to $750,000:

  • Avery County: $750,000
  • Town of Calypso: $750,000
  • Town of Chadbourn: $750,000
  • Craven County: $750,000
  • City of Edenton: $750,000
  • Town of Garysburg: $750,000
  • Halifax County: $750,000
  • City of Henderson: $750,000
  • Town of Hobgood: $600,000
  • Town of Lilesville: $750,000
  • City of Lumberton: $750,000
  • Mitchell County: $750,000
  • Town of Morven: $750,000
  • Town of Murphy: $750,000
  • Town of Pink Hill: $750,000
  • Town of Saratoga: $593,000
  • Town of Sharpsburg: $750,000
  • Town of Speed: $306,894
  • Town of Tabor: $750,000
  • Wayne County: $750,000
  • Town of Windsor: $750,000

The CDBG program is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program administered in part by N.C. Commerce.

CDBG funds are awarded to revitalize communities by providing adequate housing, suitable living environments, infrastructure development, and expanding economic opportunities. The State must ensure that at least 70 percent of its CDBG grant funds are used for activities and projects that serve persons of low- and moderate-income.

Photo of downtown Lumberton, NC is by Kenneth C. Zirkel via Wikipedia.

See N.C. Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division website.

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