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Feds giveth & feds may taketh away
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Love Inc. – a faith-based outreach to help the needy in the Manteca community - plans to use $5,000 it was awarded of Manteca’s $394,929 share of federal Community Development Block Grant funds to help families avoid having city water shut off for non-payment.

That money may not materialize, though, if the House of Representatives manage to slash CDBG funding back by more than 60 percent for the 2011-12 fiscal year. If the House acts to reduce funding by July 1, the distribution of Manteca’s pass through funds that have to be spent on private and public projects to benefit low to moderate income residents will be scratched  and the City Council would need to start all over.

That was the good news – and bad news – in a nutshell for 12 non-profits at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Cities are awarded the money by the federal government to determine how best to spend it in their communities.

Nearly $300,000 was set aside for public projects including $100,000 for the Moffat Boulevard storm surge undertaking, $100,000 for storm drain rehabilitation, and $98,242 for downtown American Disabilities Act and parking lot improvements.

The next two biggest chunks were earmarked for the Boys & Girls Club for a $30,000 flooring project and $10,127 to the San Joaquin Fair Housing to oversee the city’s compliance with non-discrimination programs for housing.

There was $2,000 for the Fire Chief’s Foundation to provide low income families with free smoke detectors.

Other non-profits earmarked funds were City of Manteca youth scholarship program for recreation programs, HOPE Shelters, Give Every Child a Chance, Meals on Wheels, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Women’s Center of San Joaquin County. Each group was granted $7,123 apiece.

The South County Crisis Center is targeted to receive $2,500 and the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin County $2,000 for its mobile farmers market. Another $5,000 was set aside for the Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living while the remaining $5,000 is going to cover city administrative costs related to overseeing the program.