Springfield City Council allocates grant funds

The Council decided to allocate the Community Development Block Grants to four other nonprofits requesting money.

Posted: Apr 20, 2020 8:23 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2020 2:42 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- On Monday, the Springfield City Council decided against providing funding for a permanent day-use homeless shelter.

Instead, the Community Development Block Grants will go to five other groups that requested money during Monday night's work session meeting. A total of $1.5 million was divided up between Cornerstone Community Housing ($631,000), ARC of Lane County ($25,000), NAMI Lane County ($365,000), Relief Nursery ($60,171), and the Oregon Law Center ($28,000).

A community coalition wanted to buy the old Memorial Building on A Street and turn it into a day-use shelter and an emergency overnight shelter. However, the building is under contract with a private developer and no longer on the market. But it is still owned by Willamalane Park and Recreation District. Superintendent Michael Wargo said the sale is not final yet.

"It was a private developer who is interested in what we were told was mixed-use for the buildings, which typically is a combination of commercial and/or residential," Wargo said.

The application did not say who was made up of the community coalition, but Catholic Community Services of Lane County were mentioned as a partner. The group asked the city council to approve $800,000 in grant money.

The city council will officially vote to approve the grant allocation on May 4 during regular session.

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