April 9, 2008 |
WITH INCREASING concern in Philadelphia over the lack of attention being paid to urban issues in the presidential campaign, here are 10 questions that might be raised with Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in their debate on April 16 or in their various appearances in the area between now and the primary. 1. Do you see the strengthening of America's cities and improving the quality of life for urban residents as an important priority for your administration? 2. How specifically would your proposals to address America's foreclosure crisis protect urban residents from losing their homes?
February 19, 1987 |
Glenolden Borough Council voted Tuesday night to apply for up to $60,000 in federal money to study the borough's sewer system. About half the borough has been designated by the Delaware County Planning Department as a lower-income area, and will be targeted in the sewer-system study, said Councilwoman Margaret Oravez. According to the grant application's guidelines, the project should primarily benefit lower-income households or a lower-income area. The county Planning Department will handle the application for the money.
July 15, 1993 |
The federal government plans to give the borough $116,000 more in community development block grant funds this year than it did last year, according to borough officials. And borough officials have earmarked that money for improving parks, housing projects and nonprofit organizations. Last year, Norristown received about $1 million in such grants, said borough director of Planning and Municipal Development, Judith Memberg. The community development block grant program provides financial aid for blighted areas.
February 28, 1991 |
Coatesville City Council will seek a three-year $962,000 grant from the Chester County Redevelopment Authority for several projects, including housing rehabilitation, a smoke-detection program, street repaving and recreational parks over the next three years. The council Monday night authorized applying to the county for the Community Development Block Grant funds. The city will meet the county's filing deadline, which is today. Coatesville City Manager Ted Reed said the city had "proven our success in the last three years in administering (block grant)
September 19, 1986 |
Federal housing officials, who recently lifted a ban on the spending of the city's $52 million in Community Development Block Grant funds, imposed new conditions yesterday that must be met to head off a 25 percent reduction in the city's renewed grant. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has drawn up a list of conditions limiting the use of the city's block grant funds for the coming fiscal year - which starts Oct. 1 - and has called for "management corrections" at the city's housing agencies, according to government sources in Philadelphia and in Washington.
March 15, 1987 |
A sanitary sewer-line problem on Cedar Avenue has prompted the Darby Borough Council to revise its 1987 application for federal Community Development Block Grant funds. The council's grants committee Wednesday night approved a new application for sewer-line reconstruction in a two-block stretch of the road in place of three projects that have received tentative approval from the Delaware County Council. "We're sticking our necks out a bit with this revision, because we could end up with nothing," said Maurice Millison, a council member and grants committee chairman.
June 19, 1988 |
A host of communities would start housing rehab programs, some senior citizens' centers would get face lifts, a handful of roads would be repaired and the handicapped would find the bathrooms more accessible at Hickory Park in Upper Uwchlan under a grant proposal approved by the Chester County Commissioners. In all, 26 Chester County municipalities and 13 agencies have won preliminary approval for various projects through the Community Development Block Grant program. The grant allocations, which cover a three-year period, were tentatively approved by the Chester County Commissioners on Wednesday.
March 10, 1995 |
The City Council yesterday transferred millions of dollars in federal Community Development Block Grant funds from the Chester Redevelopment Authority to the new Chester Economic Development Authority. The move was the culmination of a protracted power struggle between Mayor Barbara Bohannan-Sheppard, who appoints the Redevelopment Authority board, and a bipartisan council coalition that created the Economic Development Authority last month. The Economic Development Authority already administers about $3.5 million of Chester's economic development funds.
August 15, 1995 |
The federal government will soon free up more than $11 million in low- income economic development funds it froze earlier this year after a battle for control of the money erupted between the City Council and the mayor. Joyce Gaskins, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regional director of community planning and development, said yesterday that the money would be available in about two weeks, after some paperwork is processed. She said that an additional $2.2 million Community Development Block Grant allocation for 1995 would also become available within a few weeks.
June 13, 1987 |
Housing Director Julia O. Robinson told City Council yesterday that the city would spend $23 million - more than half its total housing budget - in North Philadelphia on housing rehabilitation and other housing-related services in the coming fiscal year. Robinson's comments came as she presented Council with her final Community Development Block Grant budget as the city's head of housing. The spending plan assumes new block grant revenues from the federal government of about $52 million beginning July 1, the same amount as this year.