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City Council to hold special meeting Tuesday for public input on local housing, community development needs

Quick turnaround necessary to apply for federal funding available to eligible communities

The Sweet Home City Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday evening, June 2, to take input from the public on community development and housing needs, particularly those of low- and moderate-income residents, as well as other needs that could be funded by a community block grant the city is eligible for.

Approximately $12 million will be awarded to Oregon non-metropolitan cities and counties in 2020, city Community and Economic Development Director Blair Larsen told the council at its regular meeting on May 26. The reason for the special meeting is that applications for funding are due immediately, he said.

Sweet Home is preparing two applications, one for a maximum of $150,000 in funding for “emergency” small business and microenterprise assistance projects and one for a maximum of $50,000 in Emergency Response Assistance funds for projects that prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 3225 Main St.

Individuals attending public meetings in person will be limited to the first six people, required to maintain appropriate social distancing, (6 feet) and be free of symptoms related to COVID-19. The meeting will also be streamed via the Microsoft Teams platform. There will be opportunity for public input via the live stream. To view the City Council meeting live, online visit

If you don't have access to the internet, call (541) 367-5128 and you'll be asked to choose option #1 to be logged in to the call.

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