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Bevin announces $500,000 ARC grant for Irvine; $250,000 to Kenton County for addiction center

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved funding for a $500,000 grant for the City of Irvine in Estill County, Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced Wednesday.

Funds will be used to expand and upgrade the city’s existing wastewater collection system to provide new sewer service for 219 households in the Wisemantown community and improve sewer service for 354 households and 86 businesses in adjacent West Irvine.

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin

“We are committed to helping every Kentucky community maintain a high quality water infrastructure,” said Bevin. “Expanding and upgrading this system, ensures that our citizens in Estill County have access to these essential services.”

The proposed project will include approximately 35,897 feet of sewer lines with manholes and two lift stations. Portions of the existing West Irvine infrastructure will be replaced and re-routed to a new wastewater treatment plant in Irvine. All new lines serving Wisemantown will also run to the Irvine Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment.

Applications for ARC funds, available to Kentucky’s 54 most eastern and south-central counties, are submitted to DLG. To learn more, visit this website.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

Kenton County, Transitions receives Community Development Block Grant

Bevin announced a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Kenton County Fiscal Court and Transitions Grateful Life Center to support the adult male addiction recovery center in Erlanger.

“Continued operation of the Grateful Life Center is essential to our fight against drug addiction in Northeastern Kentucky,” said Bevin. “Ensuring that these men receive proper care and training is vital to helping them re-assimilate back into society and rejoin the workforce.”

The Center is a long term recovery program for men suffering from substance abuse and other drug or alcohol induced problems. The program model includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities, and challenges to practice sober living. The program is designed to assist up to 100 men at a given time, of which 50 spots are set aside for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Participants can stay up to two years while they work through the recovery program, stay on as support staff and prepare a transition plan for completion of the program. Priority is given to men who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Department for Local Government (DLG) administers approximately $23 million annually from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The CDBG program provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services. For more information, click here https://kydlgweb.ky.gov/FederalGrants/CDBG_cities.cfm.

From Governor’s Office Communications

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