Back Issues: October 16, 2017

Up to $1 million in community development, housing grants available in 2018

Monday, October 16, 2017

The City of Vancouver estimates there will be up to $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding available for local projects in 2018. Detailed application guidelines and a link to the online application will be available at www.cityofvancouver.us/cdbg today, Monday, Oct. 16.

Mandatory pre-applications are due on or before 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Final applications will be due on or before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

Funds will be available for construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of housing or public facilities, services, economic development and tenant based rental assistance targeted to benefit low and moderate-income areas and families. Local governments and non-profit organizations and agencies may apply.

The city will hold an optional informational workshop for interested applicants Monday, Oct. 30, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Aspen Conference Room in City Hall, 415 W Sixth St. City staff will review the application guidelines and the online application process at the workshop.

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City of Vancouver project to extend life of aging water main

Monday, October 16, 2017

A City of Vancouver project begins today, Monday, Oct. 16, to renew and extend the life of nearly 1,000 feet of aging water main that crosses beneath State Route 14, from E Evergreen Blvd. on the north to SE Evergreen Highway on the south. Project work will close SR 14 westbound Evergreen exit weekdays during much of November. The city has hired contractor SCI Infrastructure of Seattle, to rehabilitate an existing 12-inch-diameter water pipe located beneath Evergreen Blvd., and crossing the westbound SR 14 off-ramp to SE Evergreen Highway, east of Southeast Chelsea Ave. Daily ramp closures of the westbound SR 14 off-ramp to Evergreen Blvd., will be required from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, Nov. 6 through Nov. 21.

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College Goal Washington at Clark College Oct. 21

Monday, October 16, 2017

Clark College and WSU Vancouver will again team up to host College Goal Washington, a free annual event that helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. The event will be held in Scarpelli Hall on Clark College’s main campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event will also cover the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), which allows certain low-income, non-citizen students to apply for state financial aid. Spanish and Russian interpreters will be available. The event will also assist students with their college admission application(s).

College Goal Washington is open to all students and families, no matter where a student plans to go to school. Students and parents are encouraged to attend together. Participants are encouraged to bring their Social Security Number and 2016 tax information, if available. Typically the FAFSA form takes about 45 minutes to complete.

In addition to computer labs for completing the FAFSA, WASFA, and admissions applications, College Goal Washington will offer helpful workshops like “Getting to College & Succeeding,” “Paying for College/Financial Literacy,” “Scholarships,” and “Resources for Dreamers,” this last using a common term for students covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Learn more at www.clark.edu/go/cgw.

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Commission on Aging meeting Oct. 17

Monday, October 16, 2017

Socialization is a basic human need. Unfortunately, with the number of seniors who live alone, isolation is not uncommon. Learn about socialization for older adults and long-term care options with opportunities for engagement in Southwest Washington at the Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting of the Commission on Aging.

Judy Canter, a licensed independent clinical social worker, will discuss how isolation affects the brain and spirit as well as retirement and caregiving challenges in relation to socialization.

The 4:30 p.m. meeting will be in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public. Commission meetings are carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and online at www.cvtv.org. The October discussion is the eighth of nine meetings this year focused on supportive services, especially for people 50 and older. To learn more, visit www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2017-housing-speaker-series.

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