Marion Civil Rights Commission announces housing assistance grant

Applications are open until Feb. 12

Marion City Hall
Marion City Hall

MARION — The Marion Civil Rights Commission announced a Marion Low and Moderate Income Housing Assistance Grant that will be awarded in 2021.

The Marion City Council approved up to $40,000 to be used for the program, a news release said.

The goal of the grant is to help nonprofits, charitable organizations and other entities interested in assisting low- and moderate-income people with programs that address housing instability, the release said.

Grant recipients in 2020 included Willis Dady Homeless Services, Marion Cares and Four Oaks Family and Children Services.

The application period is open through Feb. 12 on the city’s website.

“I am pleased that Marion has released grant funds to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless,” commission chair Kent Jackson said in the release. “This year, the amount of grant money was doubled.”

Jackson said issues related to housing are the most common civil rights complaints in Marion.

The target date for the funds to be awarded is April, the release said. The commission will make funding recommendations “based on a defined set of criteria, to provide maximum assistance to as many proposals as possible.”

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