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Homeowners Get First Awards from CDBG Program

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Some flood victims who've rebuilt their homes in Minot are getting federal grant payments this week.

The Community Development Block Grant funding was made available to Minot residents who rebuilt their homes following the 2011 Mouse River flood.

Five million dollars was set aside for the program that offered up to ten thousand dollars in grant money to people who qualified.

This week, about 20 homeowners were getting checks of between 700 dollars and the ten thousand dollar maximum.

But 20 is a fraction of the number of people who had applied for the money.

More than one thousand people began the process of seeking the grant funds.

About one hundred were disqualified immediately for basic reasons such as not living in Minot or having a home within the footprint of the planned flood protection system.

Of the remaining 900-or-so, only 20 have finished the process and shown they had expenses in excess of the amount of other grants or loans from local, state, or federal sources.

Still, Minot interim City Manager Cindy Hemphill says she's hopeful the several hundred people who started the grant application process but haven't finished it, will do so soon.

(Cindy Hemphill, Minot Interim City Manager) "They've gone through part of the process. They now need to come back in and bring us our receipts. We've tried to contact them or contacted them and said you need to bring in your receipts and those are the people we really want to come knocking on our door tomorrow and say hey here I am, here are my receipts. So we'll get through those and hopefully be able to write them a reimbursement check very soon."

Hemphill says if there are funds remaining in the original five million dollars, the city will redirect the money to other post-flood projects.

(Cindy Hemphill, Minot Interim City Manager) "We would repurpose it to another project. Off the top of my head probably it might be to put it towards more home acquisitions or something like that that we've already got approval for an know would go unless there was something else that came up that definitely was showing a need where we could help individuals."

Hemphill says the city has a time limit of two years to make use of the CDBG money that's in the fund.

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