While other County departments apply for and receive grants directly, the Grants Department primarily oversees the community planning and development grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as those funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service through its Senior Corps program.
The Mobile County Commission serves as a grantee and lead agency of the Mobile County Urban County for HUD entitlement grants. The Urban County jurisdiction comprises nine incorporated municipalities (Bayou La Batre, Chickasaw, Citronelle, Creola, Mount Vernon, Prichard, Saraland, Satsuma, and Semmes) and all of the unincorporated area of Mobile County, Alabama.
The Grants Department is charged with the development of the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plans for each year of the five-year planning periods covered by the Consolidated Plan. Implementation, administration, and responsibility for the operation of the grant programs and activities are under the jurisdiction of the Grants Department. The HUD grant programs include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).
CDBG funds can be used to address a broad range of local housing and community development needs, including infrastructure improvements, construction of community/senior centers, elimination of substandard housing and blight, and public services for low- and moderate-income persons as defined by HUD. HOME funds address affordable housing needs for low- and moderate-income persons. ESG funds can be used to address homelessness and homeless prevention activities.
Corporation for National and Community Service funding is used to engage older adults in volunteer service through the Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP programs. These programs enrich the lives of the volunteers while also providing benefits to the community. Foster Grandparents provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth. Senior Companions provide assistance to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, allowing them to remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over, allowing volunteers to serve in a variety of volunteer activities.
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