FARMINGTON — Farmington's City Council grappled with the area's homelessness and addiction problems earlier this week.

Two local social service organizations, the Four Corners Foundation and Masada House, will receive funding from the city's Community Development Block Grant allocation for 2013. Exactly how much money will be available was not known at Tuesday evening's city council meeting.

The city's total grant allocation, which is distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be about $400,000, said City Councilman Dan Darnell in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.

Sixty-five percent of those funds will be split between the Four Corners Foundation's A Path Home shelter, and a men's transitional housing project by Masada House. The projects should be up for final approval at the June 4 work session or at the June 11 regular meeting, Darnell said.

City council was confronted with a difficult decision after seven organizations and individuals presented projects and requests for funding.

"I'm looking at all these efforts working together," Darnell said. "That's really what the CDBG funds are about. You can give everybody a little, but no one has enough, or you can give more to one group so they have enough to really make an impact."

City council has historically leaned toward the latter approach to allocating the federal grant funds, he said.

The Four Corners Foundation requested $155,000 toward external lighting, fencing, paving, landscaping, a bus drop-off area and other final improvements to the 5.25 acre site at 520 Hydro Plant Rd. in Farmington.

The $3-million project will provide emergency and transitional housing in two buildings once complete.

"We're so grateful to the community for their generosity," said Karen Broten, Four Corners Foundation's co-executive director, on Wednesday.
A construction worker works on the entrance road for A Path Home on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
A construction worker works on the entrance road for A Path Home on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)
"This grant request is mostly for landscaping. It will create an environment here where people can live to enjoy. Children will be able to play."

Masada House requested $60,000 toward developing men's transitional housing at the former Family Crisis Center Shelter located at 2107 Schofield Lane in Farmington, said Su Hodgman, the organization's founder.

"Farmington is a very supportive community," she said. "When it comes to this, they've just been awesome with helping out. I am so honored that I am among the groups seeking transitional housing development. One program cannot fix everything."

Greg Yee covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and gyee@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @GYeeDT