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County Intends to Apply for $500,000 in Federal Funds

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County desires more citizen and public input as the county prepares its 2013 Community Development Block Grant application.

Bernalillo County intends to apply for a Community Development Block Grant in February 2013. This federal grant request of up to $500,000 will be submitted to the state Department of Finance and Administration. A wide variety of community needs are eligible, including infrastructure such as road and street improvements, housing, community and senior centers, economic development, planning and public safety needs.

In 2012, the state of New Mexico distributed more than $10 million statewide on a competitive basis. Bernalillo County’s application would apply to the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County only.

“This is a great opportunity to apply for much-needed funding, and it’s essential to hear from our citizens and neighborhoods directly about what the community needs are,” Commission Chair Art De La Cruz says. “Simply call our project manager or send us a note and let us know what projects or needs are important to your community. This input is critical to the process.”

State and national goals of the program are to address activities that help low and moderate income families; work that improves areas of slum and blight; and to address emergency or urgent needs.

County officials will accept public input on the 2013 application until Thursday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.

To send a comment or suggest a project, simply call planner Richard Meadows at 505.848.1508 or email him at rmeadows@bernco.gov. Suggestions may also be sent via mail to Richard Meadows, Bernalillo County Public Works, 2400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87102.

After gathering public input, staff and the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners will consider the projects and select one for an application to be submitted by February 2013. The New Mexico Community Development Council is scheduled to review and allocate these funds by May 2013.

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