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Funds for needy are on agenda

City Council to weigh its options for federal cash
 Posted: 2:00 AM April 01, 2013

The Ashland City Council will decide how to divide up federal funding meant to help low-income people during a meeting that starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

Nonprofit groups submitted $170,000 worth of funding requests for a pool of money that will total about $125,000.

City staff members have recommended the following allocations:

  • $6,831 to the Maslow Project for outreach and case management for homeless youths in the Ashland School District;
  • $14,466 to the city of Ashland's Energy Efficiency Program to provide energy efficiency upgrades in homes of low-income people;
  • $16,607 to the St. Vincent de Paul Home Visitation Program to fund emergency rent and deposit assistance to help prevent homelessness;
  • $87,000 to help the Ashland Emergency Food Bank acquire a permanent building.

The money comes from annual Community Development Block Grants awarded to cities by the federal government.

In other business on Tuesday night, the council is scheduled to approve council goals for 2013-15 and consider whether to voice support for a Rogue Valley Heritage District that would support area historical programs.

The council also will consider a new banking policy that would allow the city to deposit money in local credit unions and consider the community investing practices of financial institutions.

For a complete list of agenda items and for details on each item, visit

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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