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FLORENCE — Pinal County will receive more than $1.8 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for fiscal year 2021-22, including $130,000 each to the county’s four participating cites and towns of Eloy, Florence, Mammoth and Maricopa.

The county will also receive $612,860 in HOME funding for safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities and $156,877 in Emergency Solutions Grant funding to find housing for homeless people or people at risk of homelessness.

The county also has a federally funded emergency rental assistance program, Pinal County Grants Administrator Heather Patel told the Pinal County Board of Supervisors Wednesday. Visit the Pinal County Housing Department page and click on “DES Rental Assistance” for information in either English or Spanish.

The board approved its Annual Action Plan for CDBG funding Wednesday as required by law. Pinal County convened public meetings throughout the county in preparation for the plan.

Last year’s grant included $869,405 to install fire hydrants and water lines in the Hopi Hills community near Casa Grande. The county plans to spend more than $1.1 million in the next phase of this project in the new fiscal year, Patel told the board.

Eloy plans to use its grant for park improvement; Florence will build sidewalks compliant with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act; Mammoth will improve its park and water system; and Maricopa will improve underground utilities.

CDBG is intended to benefit low- and moderate-income residents, improve slum and blighted areas or address an urgent need. Eligible activities include housing, public safety, water and sewer, roads, sidewalks, community facilities, public services and parks.

Both the HOME and ESG programs require a local matching contribution from Pinal County. The county will provide an in-kind match from county-owned land and developer contributions to arrive at the match of $153,215.

The ESG program match is $156,877. Pinal County will use in-kind contributions from the Pinal County Coalition to End Homelessness; funding allocated by the Board of Supervisors to nonprofits; and other in-kind contributions to meet this obligation.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.