|Congressman Faleomavaega is pleased to announce that
more than $2.7 million in Federal grants have been awarded to American
Samoa Government by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Department of HUD grants totaled $1,336,000 include $1,005,000
from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $43,000 from
the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program, and $288,000 from the Home Investment
Partnership (HOME) program. The Department of HHS grants totaled
$1,366,298 include $1,321,298 from the Head Start program and $45,000 from
the Basic Center-Runaway and Homeless Youth program.
“I am very pleased that more federal support is available to American
Samoa,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “These funds are appropriated
by Congress and most are distributed based on pre-established formulas.”
“The HUD funds will be for community development assistance, the
operation and maintenance of emergency shelters, and to provide affordable
housing for low income families in our territory,” continued Faleomavaega.
“The Head Start funds on the other hand are intended to promote
school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their social and cognitive
development through the provision of health, educational, nutritional,
social, and other services that are determined necessary based on family
needs assessments,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “The balance of
the HHS funds will provide supplemental assistance for short term shelter,
counseling and reunification efforts for runaway youths and their families.”