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Corvallis housing board hears pitches from nonprofits

Corvallis housing board hears pitches from nonprofits

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Seven Corvallis-area social services agencies made pitches Tuesday for federal funds that are awarded by the city.

The Housing and Community Development Advisory Board will recommend the awarding of more than $400,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds. The City Council will make the ultimate decision on the grants, likely in late April or early May.

Tuesday the board heard requests for human services funds. Wednesday the board will hear from agencies seeking funds for capital projects. The board is scheduled to deliberate on the requests at the end of Wednesday’s meeting, with city staff taking the information and building the required action plan for use of the funds. The housing board will review that plan in March before forwarding it to the council.

Wednesday's session is at 4 p.m. at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd.

Many of the agencies who made requests for the federal funds also will seek money from the annual $360,000 social services program that is administered by the United Way. The major difference between the two programs is that the federal assistance must go to low-income recipients.

The seven agencies speaking Tuesday asked for a total of more than $115,000 in funds. Kent Weiss, the city’s housing and neighborhood services manager, estimated that approximately $79,000 will be available. Weiss told the board that they have the right to recommend the full amount requested, a partial amount or no grant at all.

Here is a look at the requests:

• Jackson Street Youth Services is seeking $12,500 to boost case management services for the youths in its program.

• The Room at the Inn women’s cold weather shelter asked for $15,000 for general operations at its First United Methodist Church location.

• Benton Furniture Share requested $20,000 for furniture, including beds, dining tables and chairs for its clients. Michelle Maddux, the group’s executive director, teared up and had to briefly stop her presentation after reading a letter from a young girls who wrote about how important to her family their new table was.

• Work Unlimited is seeking $20,000 for a range of support services for its mental ill, elderly and disabled clients in the Benton Plaza apartments and other sites.

• The South Corvallis Food Bank asked for $18,612 to pay its annual rent.

• The Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center requested $12,000 for general operations.

• The Old Mill Center for Children and Families is seeking $10,000 to help pay for home visits in its relief nursery program.

Community Outreach Inc. also is requesting human services funds, but because the organization also is seeking capital project funds the board will hear from COI on Wednesday. COI is asking for $15,000 in human services funds for its transformational housing program and $100,000 in capital funds to create a transitional youth shelter space.

Other capital requests include $100,000 by Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services to replace roofs at its South Corvallis townhouses, $100,000 to Corvallis Housing First to help acquire property to be used to shelter women 55 and older and $10,720 to the Samaritan Village apartments for a new convection oven.

Weiss estimated that approximately $350,000 would be available for the capital requests.

Contact reporter James Day at or 541-758-9542. Follow at or


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