Although it took several months longer than planned, the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development last week announced the selection of 19 community organizations that will receive a total of more than $1 million to operate innovative demonstration projects in the city.
Funds for the projects come from 1976 and 1977 federal community development block grants. Final approval is dependent upon review by the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions in the District and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The recommended projects are in all wards of the city.
Groups selected and the amount of funding for each are:
$100,000 to the Community of Hope to rehabilitate a building at 1417 Belmont St. NW for relocation housing and offices from community groups.
$20,992 to Neighborhood Housing Services in Anacostia to operate six energy conservation projects.
$40,000 to Independent Living for the Handicapped to renovate a small group residence in Northwest Washington for handicapped adults.
$15,000 to St. Francis De Sales Church and Associated Catholic Charities to renovate a deteriorated home in Northeast for use as a group residence for the elderly, and $25,000 to the two organizations to develop a master plan for church-sponsored group housing for the elderly.
$125,000 to the H Street Business Association to help small businessmen renovate their stores. The funds are to be used as supplements to conventional loans for renovation projects.
$100,000 to National Urban Development Services Inc. to develop a program similar to the H Street project in the Minnesota Avenue-Benning Road area of far Northeast.
$125,000 to the D.C. Chamber of Commerce to revitalize the Georgia Avenue commercial strip.
$125,000 to the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation to provide employment opportunities, help existing businesses in the area and to encourage new businesses to relocate there.
$50,000 to the Change-All Souls joint venture and the 14th Street Project Area Committee (PAC) to form a local development corporation for the 14th Street Community DevelopmentArea.
$50,000 to the Metropolitan Washington Planning and Housing Association to assist groups in forming lower income housing cooperatives.
$9,800 to Don't Tear It Down to publish a citizens' guide to planning, zoning, development, real estate, historic p reservation and neighborhood research, and for presentation of the guide at neighborhood workshops.
$20.000 to the Museum of African Art to publish a manual on wall-mural painting and to finish its wall murals in alleys adjacent to the museum.
$10,000 to the Richmond Fellowship to publish a handbook of funding sources and regulations affecting group homes or congregate housing.
$18,740 to the Orleans Place Neighborhood Revitalization Project to beautify home exteriors and public spaces on two small streets in near Northeast.
$9,100 to the Stanton Park Neighborhood Association to develop a landuse survey and plan.
$87,399 to the Far East Community Services to develop a multi-service center at Burrville Elementary School in Northeast.
$54,891 to the 14th Street PAC to operate a model tenat counselling program to prepare families for occupancy of newly constructed apartments in the 14th Street area.
$43,630 to College Here We Come Inc. for a citywide counselling service to encourage youths living in public housing to attend college and to provide information, testing and tutoring.
Members of several groups recommended for the grants said they are excited about the new programs.
"We had applied for a little bit more (money), but we are very happy with what we got," said Cheryl Hobson, press officer for the Museum of African Art. "We've been working on the mural since last year. We've been waiting on the grant and spring to finish it."
Ben Goldstein, chairman of National Urban Development Services Inc., said the grant to his organizations will help provide renovation funds to the small black businesses which operate as storefronts in far Northeast.
"It's really a good way to use demonstration money," goldstein said. "It will hhelp stimulate the small businesses."