Grants to fund projects improving housing, living environments, economic opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) applauded the announcement that Kitsap County and the City of Bremerton have been awarded a combined $1.9 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to bolster underserved communities.

Senators Murray and Cantwell actively supported the HUD grants programs through the appropriations process, recognizing the positive impacts they have on many communities in Washington, particularly when it comes to creating and preserving affordable housing. President Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 would slash these grant programs by $70 million in Washington state alone, a move with clear, devastating consequences for the state’s communities in need.

“At a time when families across Washington state and around the country are struggling with rapidly rising housings costs, it’s critical the federal government step up as a good partner to those who need a hand up,” Sen. Murray said. “I’m proud to fight for these investments in our communities, and I will continue to push back against the Trump Administration’s cruel cuts that would leave so many families behind.”

"From affordable housing to the Meals on Wheels program, these grants will help revitalize and bolster underserved communities across our state and the nation," Sen. Cantwell said. "While we celebrate these grants, we must remain vigilant.  President Trump’s budget would gut these vital programs impacting thousands of families in communities throughout our state. I will continue to fight to preserve funding for these critical programs.”

Grants Received

Kitsap County received $952,807 in Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants. The City of Bremerton received $419,464 from the program. These grants help state and local governments develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

Kitsap County also received $538,496 through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which helps to expand the supply and quality of affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by funding housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.