State agency approves city's grant application

Kingman's Community Development Block Grant application has been approved by the

Arizona Department of Housing.

The money will benefit several programs including:

• The city's owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program will grant up to $15,000 for repairs and up to $30,000 for replacement to approximately 40 low and moderate income homeowners Bill Shilling, city grant administrator, said.

Shilling estimates 92 homeowners will benefit from the program.

Those eligible must live in the downtown area and portions of Hilltop north to Pasadena Avenue and east of Andy Devine Avenue.

Licensed contractors will be hired for health and safety improvements, sewer hookups, removal of nuisance items or replacement of the housing.

Shilling said applications will be sought in the spring from homeowners in the designated areas for up to $280,797 in grant money.

• The Chat-n-Chow Nutrition Center was approved for $12,5,00 for upgrades to meet fire code and safety requirements and to install American Disability Act compliant doors.

The nutrition center at 1776 Airway Ave.

is owned and operated by Mohave County.

The improvements will benefit 958 citizens 62 and older with low to moderate incomes.

• Kingman Aid to Abused People (KAAP) will receive $50,000 for a 3,700-square-foot expansion to the womens shelter.

• The Cornerstone Mission Homeless Center will use a $50,000 grant for disability improvements, a parking lot, landscaping, commercial food service and laundry installation at the facility at 3049 Sycamore Ave.

A previous grant financed the purchase and major remodeling of the homeless shelter.

The program will benefit about 1,500 homeless persons per year, all presumed to be low to moderate income.

Shilling said $86,334 of block grant funds are budgeted for administration of the program.

He is working on the new requirement to test for and monitor removal of lead-based paint that might be found in homes where grant money is used for rehabilitation.

The funds are from the fiscal 2002 Western Arizona Council of Governments allocation for Mohave County.

Kingman receives funds every other year in an allocation agreement with Mohave County, Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Colorado City.