JAMESTOWN – Officials in Jamestown are working to connect with the community to determine the future of multiple funding sources currently allocated to help address the city’s housing stock.
Members of the Jamestown City Council will be working with the City’s Department of Development in determining the future of several grants.
In 2019 the City of Jamestown was given nearly $2 million dollars in an effort to develop housing and increase economic opportunities; since then, other funds were allocated via the HOME American Rescue Plan grant.
In addition to walking tours of several neighbors, Director of Development Crystal Surdyk wants to hold public input meetings to gauge feedback.
“Rather than us struggle to try to get through it, we’ve got more coming,” explained Surdyk. “We thought that it made some sense to reallocate some of that HOME funding to CHRIC and CODE and try to spread it out.”
She says departments like the Citizen Opportunity for Development and Equality and Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corp have run out of funding, the plan is to give HOME funds to help resume services.
“All three organizations are working on getting all of those funds expended, the money’s out in the community rather than sitting waiting for us to do something with it,” stated Surdyk.
The resolution for reallocation of funds will most likely be brought before the council sometime in April.