Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that the Office of Congressional Relations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has informed him that American Samoa Government has been awarded over $1.4 million in federal grants for fiscal year 2004. American Samoa Government is receiving $1,022,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), $363,000 for Home Investment Partnership, and $44,000 for Emergency Shelter Grant Program. These grants are provided to help meet the local needs for affordable housing and to expand opportunities for Americans throughout the United States and its territories.
The CDBG under the auspice of ASG Department of Commerce is a program to provide decent housing and suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons.
The HOME Investment Partnership program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low and very low-income families by funding housing programs that meet local needs and priorities. The Emergency Shelter Grant Program provides funds to improve the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters in the Territory.
“I am pleased that these non-competitive monies are made available to local government and the people of our territory. I remain hopeful that these funds will be put into good use within their intended purposes and program guidelines,” Faleomavaega said.