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CDBG funds to help HAVEN of Oakland County

By Kevin Elliott


Bloomfield Hills in 2023 will distribute about $6,000 in federal Community Development Block Grand (CDBG) funds to HAVEN of Oakland County to support victims of domestic violence, Bloomfield Hills commissioners determined at their meeting on Tuesday, December 13.


The funds are funneled to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist moderate to low-income residents. In the past, the city has used the funds to assist HAVEN, as well as the Bloomfield Township Meals on Wheels program.


Bloomfield Hills City Clerk Amy Burton told city commissioners on at their meeting that the city doesn’t currently have any residents receiving Meals on Wheels benefits, recommending instead that the 2023 funds be used to assist HAVEN, a non-profit which assists victims of domestic violence.


“The city is very limited on projects that fall into the (federal) requirements, and it's very labor intensive for the city to go through the process of giving (the township) our $6,000,” she said. “While that shouldn’t play into the decision alone, the money is sent directly to HAVEN.”


Burton said the support of HAVEN has been consistently utilized in the city, as the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety utilizes the services and support of HAVEN for residents who need the assistance.


Commissioners voted unanimously approved using the 2023 CDBG funds to support HAVEN.

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