More grant money possible with new Eddy County housing plan

A housing plan crafted and approved for Eddy County could help developers attain grants for more affordable housing, according to Eddy County’s Community Services Department.

Authored by Wilson and Company, an engineering and architecture firm from Albuquerque, the 2021 Eddy County Affordable Housing Plan identified opportunities for federal and state grants, said Steve McCrosskey, assistant community services director.

“These opportunities can be Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) or various other federal or state grants,” McCrosskey wrote in a memorandum to the Eddy County Board of County Commissioners.

CDBG provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons, the United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website indicated.