|For Immediate Release
Shepherdstown, WV (February 17, 2022)– Low-to-moderate-income households who live within the Corporation of Shepherdstown and are facing economic hardship due to COVID may be eligible for immediate financial assistance with mortgage, rent and/or utilities.
The Corporation of Shepherdstown has received a $60,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) for Coronavirus relief through the State of West Virginia, and the Martinsburg office of Catholic Charities West Virginia is administering the funds. Assistance will be provided based on demonstrated need, the availability of funds, and documented eligibility for assistance, including income and residency requirements. Proof of residency within the corporate limits of Shepherdstown will be required.
Governor Jim Justice announced the grant in August, and Shepherdstown is one of several communities in West Virginia receiving the funds.
Requests for assistance are now being processed, and Corporation of Shepherdstown residents requesting assistance should contact Siobhan Bertone 304-267-8837 ext. 10 at the Martinsburg Office of Catholic Charities:
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was established by Congress as part of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974. The West Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) provides grants to local governments (towns, cities, and counties) that do not receive CDBG direct funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The primary objective of CDBG funding is to develop sustainable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities principally for persons of low to moderate income.
Catholic Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The agency is open to serving all people regardless of their race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, marital or family status. Catholic Charities is the second largest social service organization (the first being DHHR) in the state of West Virginia. Their Martinsburg office administers several local and federal grants and partners with The Regional Resource Connection (RRC). Eligible residents of the Corporation of Shepherdstown will be assisted by Catholic Charities without regard to transportation limitations.