BIRMINGHAM - U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was presented a check for $26 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at a ceremony today.
Sessions accepted the funding on behalf of the State of Alabama. The funding will allow local communities in Alabama to move forward on a variety of community development and affordable housing programs.
"I am pleased to accept these funds on behalf of the state of Alabama and the many mayors, county commissioners, and local leaders in the state who are working hard each day to improve their local communities," said Sessions.
CDBG funds are distributed to grantees according to a statutory formula based on a community's population, poverty, age of its housing stock, and extent of overcrowded housing.
The block grants are an important source of federal assistance designed to help smaller communities and rural areas create an environment that promotes economic growth. Local leaders apply to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) for use of the funds.
"As I meet with elected officials throughout the year, one of the things I hear most often is the important role that CDBG funds play in local community development efforts," Sessions said. "The CDBG block grant is especially important to many of Alabama's smaller towns and rural areas. This $26 million block grant is a significant investment in the future of our communities, making possible important local projects that promote future economic growth."
The check presentation, made by HUD's General Counsel, Rob Couch, took place at the Vance Federal Courthouse in Birmingham.