City Hears Comments on CDBG

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — During Thursday night’s Martinsburg City Council meeting a public hearing was held to solicit comments on the city’s Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG Program, and HOME Program funds through the Eastern Panhandle HOME Consortium.

Community Development Administrator, Nancy Strine, says this grant has been renewed every year since 2004, and without its aid, a lot of non-profit organizations would have to seek money elsewhere.

She said that 15% of their CDBG fund goes to public services, and assures that they stretch every dollar they receive.

Spokespersons for several nonprofit organizations such as CCAP Loaves and Fishes, Berkeley County Senior Services, and Catholic Charities thanked Strine and the city for their continued support.

Strine also mentioned that the HOME Program’s goal is to provide housing for the young, elderly, those with special needs, and general first-time home buyers.

Non-profits that wish to receive a portion of the CDBG fund must submit their application to the city by February 12th at noon.