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Board approves project funding for affordable housing programs

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted May 12 for final approval of more than $1 million in federal grants that will be allocated to three affordable housing projects in Washington County.

The county received the federal dollars from the 2009 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Annual Action Plan.

Three proposals were approved for 2009 to provide additional low-income housing in Washington County.

County commissioner Myra Peterson said the county and communities involved are appreciative for the funding.

"Glad to see there is a mechanism to revitalize these communities; every citizen within our cities are pleased to see these effort," Peterson said.

Funds received will go to the following projects:

• Retreat at Garden Gate II in Woodbury ($350,000); rehabilitation of 24 family housing rental units

• Raymie Johnson Townhomes in Oak Park Heights ($133,000); rehabilitation of 24 family housing rental units

• Granada Lakes Estates in Oakdale ($200,000); acquisition and rehabilitation of 68 rental town home units in Oakdale.

Washington County is among counties that qualify to receive federal funding for affordable housing because it has a population greater than 200,000.