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Funding Recommended for Low-Income Neighborhood Projects

Nearly $2m recommended for curb, gutter, sidewalk improvements

The City of Bakersfield's Budget and Finance Committee has recommended the City Council approve nearly $6 million in funding for projects and services aimed at addressing homelessness and improving low-income neighborhoods in the City.

As an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), the City of Bakersfield receives annual funding to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

On Tuesday, February 18, the Committee recommended the funding of projects and services, including:

  • $1.7 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for installation of curb, gutter, sidewalk, drainage and ADA in five areas within south, central and east Bakersfield
    • Areas include: Madison Area, Castro Area, Truxtun Area, Oleander Area, and East Brundage Area. [see PDF linked below]
  • $350,000 (CDBG) for upgrades at the Belle Terrace Park (County of Kern Park).
    • This is a collaborative project in partnership with the County of Kern for the benefit of surrounding City and County residents.
  • More than $450,000 (CDBG) for Public Service Projects, including:
    • $100,000 for Fair Housing Program Services;
    • $90,000 for the Bakersfield Senior Center;
    • More than $260,000 to Flood Ministries Homeless Outreach for coordinated homeless outreach services in partnership with the City's Rapid Response Teams.
  • The Committee also recommended more than $1.2 million in spending of Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds, $285,559 in Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) money, and $543,911 in funds from Housing and Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

The Committee's recommendations will be considered by the full City Council as part of the City's budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21, which starts July 1, 2020.

The presentation and recommendations can be viewed in the PDF linked below.

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