The deadline for comments regarding what proposed projects in El Paso should receive federal funding expires this week.
For the last month, City of El Paso officials have been receiving comments on how to spend nearly $3 million in Community Development Block Grant funds offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Those grants, according to HUD rules, are specifically designed to support the enhancement of public facilities located in moderate- and low-income neighborhoods.
Among the El Paso projects that may receive grant funding is the expansion and upgrading of the Clardy Fox Library, located at 5515 Robert Alva Avenue, on the east side of the city.
Other projects include upgrading work at the El Paso Child Guidance Center at 2701 E. Yandell Drive in northeast El Paso; and the rehabilitation of the YWCA’s Shirley Leavell Branch gym and fitness center at 10712 Sam Snead Drive, also on El Paso’s east side.
City officials have also proposed an expansion of a food bank at 9541 Plaza Circle, in south El Paso, as well as the upgrading of two homeless center facilities and several city parks.
Once all of the public input is reviewed, members of the El Paso City Council are expected to decide which of the proposed projects will actually get the block grant funding.
By Garry Boulard
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