The Lodi City Council spent Tuesday morning discussing 11 applications from nonprofits competing for limited federal Community Development Block Grant money.
In total, the city will receive $741,541 in funds, which will come to $615,541 after city administration costs.
The council's policy on CDBG funds is to set aside 60 percent for city projects and services, like graffiti abatement and alleyway improvements, and then let the nonprofits compete for the remaining funds. The city has a scoring matrix they use to help them decide which projects to fund.
The council will have a public hearing on distributing the money at its 7 p.m. March 21 meeting, and will then draft a plan that will be available for a 30-day public review. The final plan will be approved on May 2.
Below is a list of city and nonprofit projects up for funding:
Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramps
Description: Install ADA-accessible curb ramps at city-owned facilities and at various intersections.
Hale Park Sport Court Resurfacing
Description: Renovate and resurface the existing sports court.
Spay and Neuter program at the Lodi Animal Shelter
Description: Continue the program that offers free spay and neuter services and rabies shots to feral cats and cats and pit bulls owned by low-income households.
Description: Abate graffiti on public and private properties in the CDBG target area.
Demolition of a building/LOEL Center and Gardens
Description: Demolish a building, grade and fence off the site at 125 S. Washington, adjacent to the LOEL Center. Interim use will be a vegetable garden. Next phase will be either additional parking or a senior housing project.
Window Replacement at Transitional Housing Facility
Description: Retrofit of at least 20 windows with new energy-efficient ones at a transitional housing building.
Fair Housing Services/San Joaquin Fair Housing
Description: Provide required fair housing services, including a telephone hotline for tenants and landlords, investigation of complaints and fair housing testing.
Food distribution programs/Second Harvest Food Bank
Description: Provide support for the administration of the food assistance and senior brown bag programs.
Farm to Family Program/Collaborative of Hunger (Emergency Food Bank and Family Services)
Description: Provide fresh fruit and produce to needy families.
Mobile Farmers Market/Emergency Food Bank of Greater Stockton
Description: Offers a mobile farmers market once a month in Lodi, which includes distribution of free fruits and vegetables, nutrition education and cooking demonstrations.
Family Support Services/Community Partnership for Families
Description: Expansion of the existing service integration program for low-income families that need counseling and coordination of service delivery from multiple agencies.
Sunrise Program/El Concilio
Description: New youth activities program at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club for Lodi Unified School District students who are off-track.
Food Programs/Salvation Army
Description: Expansion of services to needy families and individuals through the Community Dining Hall, emergency food distribution, Christmas boxes, and No Child Left Hungry programs.
Family Reunification Services/SHARE Homes Family Services
Description: Funding for court-ordered supervised visitations and counseling services with the goal of increasing the chances of family reunification.