Funds Downtown Revitalization, Affordable Housing Rehabilitation and Programs for Seniors, Veterans and Youth
The Town of Oyster Bay will receive more than $1 million in Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for streetscape projects throughout the town, senior and youth programs, services for veterans and counseling assistance, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced this week.
The Nassau County Office of Community Development receives a direct allocation of CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Approximately 80% of the County’s funds are distributed to participating local municipalities for revitalization projects, infrastructure improvements, public service initiatives, parks and playground enhancements, code enforcement and providing access to the disabled.
“My administration is proud to partner with Supervisor Venditto in supporting programs that maintain our suburban quality of life in Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. “These community improvement funds are vital when it comes to improving downtown business districts with streetscaping projects, rehabilitating affordable housing and maintaining successful neighborhood programs for our seniors, veterans and youth.”
Grant funds may also be used to rehabilitate eligible homes, and for anti-poverty housing initiatives. Communities, which are encouraged to develop their own programs, must promote the national CDBG objectives to give the highest funding priority to activities benefitting low/moderate income persons and the elimination or prevention of slums and blight.
The $1,025,772 awarded by County Executive Mangano to the Town of Oyster Bay will be used for a broad range of projects, including:
- $678,032 for residential rehabilitation of affordable housing for low to moderate income homeowners;
- $93,990 in funding for streetscapes in downtown Hicksville, downtown Glen Head, and downtown Oyster Bay;
- $24,000 for planning of revitalization of downtown areas;
- $21,000 for senior programs at Doubleday Babcock, Beech Brook and Plainedge Senior Citizen clubs;
- $13,250 to YES Community Counseling Center for families affected by divorce, separation, death, violence, and abuse;
- $13,250 to fund the Hicksville Teenage Council, Hicksville Boys & Girls Club for tutoring/ESL;
- $12,000 for paws-club members to secure supplies for local animal shelters;
- $10,300 for the Bethpage Adolescent Development Association;
- $10,000 to the Visiting Nurse Association of LI/Chapter of OB/GC;
- $8,200 to fund the Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club Teen At Risk program;
- $4,000 for Care After School Resource Education System (CARE);
- $4,000 for the VFW William M. Gouse, Jr. Post for a breakfast program for elderly Veterans;
- $4,000 to the Long Island Wheelchair Athletic Club for youngsters and adults with Autism, Downs syndrome, and mentally and physically challenged adults; and
- $129,750 for the administration of the Community Development program.
“The Town of Oyster Bay is grateful for the dedicated efforts of County Executive Mangano and his securing this Community Development Block Grant on behalf of our residents,” Town Supervisor John Venditto said. “These funds will help some of our most important programs to continue to flourish. It is through grants such as these that the Town is able to maintain such a high quality of life, which we believe to be our most precious resource.”
Funds will be reimbursed as projects are completed, which should be over the course of the next three to four years.