CRA News Blog



February 12, 2015

Contact: Joan Oliva, CRA Executive Director Cary Sabol, CRA Chair
Phone: (561) 493-2550 (561) 493-2550
E-Mail: joliva@lakeworth.org csabol@lakeworthcra.org

Lake Worth, FL; February 12, 2015 – The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and Community Partners (also known as Housing Partnership Inc.) were recently awarded $500,000 in catalytic grant funds for neighborhood and community improvements in Lake Worth.
The CRA and Community Partners partnered in 2014 to apply for these competitive funds to be used in the most economically distressed areas of Lake Worth. This partnership was one of only 11 applications to be funded nationwide.
These funds are granted to organizations in order to spur economic development in hard-hit communities, provide new affordable housing and to create new jobs and businesses.

Funds received from this grant will be specifically used for the following purposes:

  • To provide financial fitness counseling for those living or planning to live in Lake Worth.  To create Individual Development Accounts, which are special savings accounts that match the deposits of low- and moderate-income people. These accounts can then be used for educational purposes, purchasing a home or starting a business.
  • To offer foreclosure prevention classes and education for low to moderate income families.
  • To provide neighborhood safety features throughout the neighborhoods, including but not limited to new lighting and sidewalks.
  • For branding and marketing initiatives.
  • Renovation or rehabilitation work for owner-occupied residential units.
  • Creation of a micro-loan program for new or existing small businesses.

The CRA and Community Partners have begun planning the above mentioned projects and will be publicizing how the community can get involved later this year. All funding must be expended within 18 months.

Additional information regarding this grant or any of the other Lake Worth CRA's neighborhood initiatives can be found by visit the CRA's website: www.lakeworthcra.org or by calling the office at (561) 493-2550.

About The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency
The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency is governed by a seven (7) member Board of Commissioners which is appointed by the City of Lake Worth Commission. Their role is to direct CRA activities within the Community Redevelopment Area in accordance with the approved Lake Worth Redevelopment Plan. Revenue is generated for CRA projects through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). For more information, visit www.lakeworthcra.org

About Community Partners
Community Partners is home to Housing Partnership and Parent Child Center. Together they work to Change the Odds for our children and families facing social, emotional and financial adversity. Housing Partnership, Inc. is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks America Network. For more information, visit www.cp-cto.org.

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