Committee Approves Grants for Nonprofits

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Members of the City Council’s Budget and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday awarded $175,000 in Community Development Block Grants to several Raleigh-based nonprofits.

It may have been the fastest Council committee meeting in history. Apparently pleased with the work of the Community Development department, councilor and committee member Thomas Crowder motioned for approval before staff could even get comfortable at the board table.

A vote from the full Council is still needed to finalize the funding.

StepUp Ministry, Jobs Training and Placement Program, $35,000
A staff memo noted that the program will help 500 people receive job training and placement.

Community Success Initiative, Project S.A.F.F.E.R., $13,500
The program will offer work readiness skills, access to legal services, mentor matching and coaching to an estimated 50 people.

Wake Inter-Faith Hospitality Network, New Lease on Life, $35,000
Partnering with the Triangle Apartment Association, this program will make market-rate rental units available for 12 homeless families at a reduced rate for a one year lease period.

Habitat for Humanity, Youth Summer Employment Program, $17,500
Teens from two low-income housing communities will take part in a 12-week summer program that will teach job skills and give hands-on experience by participating in home building and a paid internship program.

Literary Council of Wake County, Juvenile Literacy Center, $20,000
The tutoring program works with 170 students aged six to 17 to improve reading, writing and math skills. The program also offers individualized support and home and school visits for students.

InterAct, Domestic violence victim safety through electronic filing program, $35,000
Victims of domestic violence will be able to file orders of protection electronically and be heard before a Wake County judge by videoconference from the InterAct facility. About 2,000 families will be able to process applications.

Guiding Light, Enhanced Nurses Assistant 1 training, $12,000
Funding will cover a seven-week program to train 12-15 students as nursing assistants with special emphasis on elder care.

Raleigh Gets More Open Space, Leases New RPD Station

Committee members also quickly approved two property donations from the City of Oaks Foundation.

The first property, located in North Raleigh, is a 43-acre tract near the Neuse River Greenway. The property, which is mostly wetland, will be added to the park system and will help protect the Neuse River.

Donated property located in North Raleigh

City of Raleigh

Donated property located in North Raleigh

The second parcel is a 38-acre tract located in Southeast Raleigh near the Walnut Creek Greenway. The city expects to use it for a neighborhood park.

Donated property in Southeast Raleigh

City of Raleigh

Donated property in Southeast Raleigh

In the final two minutes of the 11-minute meeting, Committee members approved a lease for the Raleigh Police Department’s Northeast District Station.

Although located in the City’s North District, the RPD has been leasing space on Litchford Road. The new space on Green’s Dairy Road would put the station in the appropriate district.

The lease for the 23,840-square-foot space would run for seven years at $11.00 per square foot for the first year and increase to $12.02 per square foot by the seventh.

The full Council is expected to vote on both issues at its regular meeting July 1.

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