Victor Valley charities will receive $147,990 in federal funds, thanks to the Hesperia City Council.
The council allocated Community Development Block Grant funds from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development at the council's April 3 meeting. The allocations are an annual affair, as is the parade of representatives for local charities making their pitch for funds.
In the end, the council allocated $122,990 to 11 local charities:
• $7,500 to Feed My Sheep
• $17,000 to High Desert Communities Food Bank
• $20,000 to the High Desert Domestic Violence Program
• $20,000 to High Desert Homeless Services
• $10,000 to Holy Family Food Bank
• $5,000 to the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino
• $7,500 to Moses House Ministries
• $5,000 to the San Bernardino County Library
• $15,00 to the Victor Valley Community Services Council
• $10,000 to Victor Valley Domestic Violence, Inc. (A Better Way)
• $5,990 to Victor Valley Resource Center
In addition to the funds approved by the council as a whole, each of the five city council members had $5,000 in discretionary funds to award as they saw fit:
• Mayor Russ Blewett awarded $2,500 to High Desert Communities Food Bank and $2,500 to High Desert Homeless Services
• Councilman Paul Bosacki awarded $5,000 to High Desert Communities Food Bank
• Councilman Bill Holland awarded $4,500 to High Desert Communities Food Bank and $500 to High Desert Homeless Services
• Councliman Mike Leonard awarded $5,000 to the High Desert Domestic Violence Program
• Councilman Thurston "Smitty" Smith awarded $5,000 to High Desert Homeless Services
Beginning in 1974, HUD's Community Development Block Grant program is intended to let local communities direct funds to where they are most needed. According to the agency, CDBG funds are provided to 1,209 local and state governments.
The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave.