Community development, feeding seniors, creating affordable housing & first-time homebuyer assistance are all focus projects for the forthcoming $2.3 million in federal funds that will be awarded to the Tri-Cities. The Department of Housing & Urban Development Community Development Block Grants and HOME Investment Partnerships Program is where the funds will be coming from according to the Northwest HUD director. This year Kennewick will get $618,526, Pasco will get $667,834 and Richland will receive $294,548 in federal funds, which will allow individual agencies to apply for funding for projects. There are several agencies that will recieve funds, and in addition some money will go into city parks, affordable housing and community development. An additional $681,521 will be split among the three cities from the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which will be used as down payment assistance programs to aid first-time homebuyers.
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