Money likely will be divided at Tuesday council meeting

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FARMINGTON — Each year, the city of Farmington distributes a portion of its federal Community Development Block Grant funds to local nonprofit organizations.

The City Council is considering how to distribute the nearly $53,000 in CDBG funds it received this year. Six organizations have applied for funds.

The council likely will vote on how to distribute the money during its Tuesday evening meeting at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

Representatives of the groups made presentations to the City Council on Tuesday. The meeting can be viewed online at fmtn.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico is asking for $10,000 to help mentor low-income young people in San Juan County.

The Masada House is asking for up to $53,000 to help provide a transitional living facility for women.

The Navajo United Methodist Center is requesting nearly $10,000 to pay utility bills at the New Beginnings transitional living facility housed on the Navajo Preparatory Academy campus. The facility houses domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault survivors.

People Assisting the Homeless is asking for $20,000 to support the emergency shelter and the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. The soup kitchen has been serving daily meals for approximately 25 years.

San Juan College Daycare initially requested $144,000 to provide free or subsidized child care to 30 children each semester. During the work session on Tuesday, Mayor Nate Duckett informed the organization that only $53,000 is available.

The San Juan County Partnership is asking for $15,000 for the homeless assistance program, which helps with move-in costs for homeless people to get into housing.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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