ST CLOUD (WJON News) -- The St. Cloud City Council has awarded $670,000 in federal grant money to nine local organizations.

During Monday's meeting, the council held a public hearing for the annual awarding of the Community Development Block Grant dollars.

A total of 17 organizations requested money, and nine of them were granted some funding.

The largest amount of the money has been given to the St. Cloud HRA with $195,000 for the single family home rehab program.  The second largest amount of $150,000 has been designated to a new program to help remove blighted buildings on the east side of St. Cloud.

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The money will be allocated on July 1st. Priority was given to projects that help with economic development and affordable housing.

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One of the 17 organizations that did not receive funding from the city council was Homeless Helping Homeless which runs the Lincoln Center.  They were asking for $140,000 to help pay for staffing and security cameras.  Several people spoke both for and against the funding during the public hearing.


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