LANCASTER — The City of Lancaster plans to spend approximately $1.26 million on utility programs and capital projects, including improvements to Mariposa Park and an after-school recreation program as part of the program Proposed Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program Action Plan submitted to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The proposed plan includes $608,519 for a homebuyer assistance program and $101,4210 for a community housing development agency.
The spending is part of Lancaster’s proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME 2022-23 investment partnership program, passed unanimously at City Council on May 3.
“HUD has not released the final allocation, so these are just preliminary estimates and will be updated,” Nike Senior CFO Noack said during a presentation at the meeting. .
Figures will be updated when the federal government releases the final allocation.
“We have contingency plans, if the amounts go up or down,” he said.
Proposed CDBG activities include $20,000 for Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club after-school recreation programs, $116,000 for The People Concern: Kensington Campus Interim Housing Program and $99,033 for Workforce Development Program of the Lost Angels Children’s Program.
There is an additional $600,000 proposed for improvements to the Americans with Disabilities Act at Mariposa Park. The aim is to make the space around ADA play equipment accessible. The proposal also includes $185,658 to support the construction of a commercial kitchen at the Penny Lane Center transitional youth drop-in center.
Lancaster has been a CDBG rights community since 1986 and began receiving HOME funds in 2020, according to a staff report from George Harris, director of finance and information technology.
“The city receives annual grants for the development of viable urban communities that encompass decent housing, provide suitable living environments and expand economic opportunities, primarily to benefit low- and middle-income people,” the report said.