Hawk-Houston Boys Club

Children play with jump ropes and hula hoops during fitness week at Hawk-Houston Boys & Girls Club on Friday. The children were assisted by Wired campers.

Eight nonprofit groups and the City of Dothan will receive money for tutoring, infrastructure, and other projects should the Dothan City Commission approve a measure Tuesday.

Each year the City of Dothan receives Community Development Block Grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds must be used in a manner that improves elements like neighborhoods, housing, and economic development opportunities for those living in low- or moderate-income areas.

This year HUD allocated $485,750 to Dothan, an increase of $16,918 from the 2018 provision.

The Community Development Advisory Board has recommended that eight nonprofit groups – Alfred Saliba Family Services Center, Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention, Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership, Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Hawk-Houston Youth Enrichment Center, Boys and Girls Club of the Wiregrass, Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity and Girls, Inc. – receive funding for 13 different projects. The City of Dothan would also retain $120,000 for a Third Avenue sidewalk project and $30,000 for administrative costs should the commission approve CDAB’s recommendation during its Tuesday meeting.

The nonprofit projects recommended for approval are the following:

>> Habitat for Humanity – $80,000 for emergency home repair efforts and $33,000 for weatherization projects.

>> Hawk-Houston – $49,834 for building upgrades and $20,000 for college/career advisers, teachers and administrative costs.

>> Alfred Saliba Family Services – $26,427.50 for auditorium renovations and $12,862.50 for staff pay and benefits.

>> Boys and Girls Club – $10,000 each for siding for a building addition and teacher/tutor pay.

>> Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center – $48,806 match for a commercial dryer. WRC, which employs those with vocational disabilities, maintains a large laundry contract with Flowers Hospital.

>> Exchange Center – $20,000 for staff salaries and benefits.

>> SEACAP – $15,000 for office remodeling.

>> Girls, Inc. – $10,000 for program scholarships.

CDAB meets periodically throughout the year to interview applicants for the CDBG funds before determining funding suggestions. If the suggestions gain approval, the city will submit them to HUD as part of an action plan.

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