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HEARINGS SET ON BLOCK GRANT ALLOCATIONS

Aug. 5, 2002 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $1.95 million to the territory as its 2002 Community Development Block Grant. The V.I. government will disburse the CDBG funds to local government and not-for-profit agencies through a competitive process.
On Monday, Senate President Almando "Rocky" Liburd announced the following schedule of public hearings for agencies to present their proposals for funding:
St. Croix — 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Legislative Conference Room in Frederiksted.
St. Thomas — 6 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Senate chambers.
St. John — 6 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Legislature Building in Cruz Bay.
Last fall, the governor recommended nearly $2.2 million in grants for 37 projects, with the funding equally divided between the two districts. Initially, some senators opposed the recommendations and vowed to come up with their own list of beneficiaries; later, however, the governor's proposals were approved.
The CDBG funding is administered through the Planning and Natural Resources Department. For additional information, call Liburd's office at 693-3519.

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