FRANKFORT — The Department for Local Government (DLG) approved funding for a $220,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the ongoing substance abuse and recovery programs at the Cumberland Hope Community Center in Harlan County.
The center incorporates a long-term substance abuse recovery curriculum that provides support and hope for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The program includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and challenges to practice sober living.
State Rep. Chris Fugate, Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley and other community representatives joined Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and DLG Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo for the grant announcement at the state capitol on Feb. 10.
“It has been a true joy over the last year visiting different communities in Kentucky and hearing their stories,” said Lt. Gov. Hampton. “These grants have created wonderful opportunities for communities across the Commonwealth in terms of economic development, tourism, education, the environment and more.”
“With drug addiction on the rise, this center is an important asset in our community. These funds will go a long way in helping our people fight addiction and will save lives and families” said State Sen. Johnny Ray Turner.
“Cumberland Hope Community Center plays a vital role for women in Harlan County and I thank the DLG for securing these necessary funds,” said Fugate. “These funds will ensure that the center can continue assisting and empowering women in our community who are battling addiction. Ensuring that women do not face recovery alone is key, and the DLG has provided great assistance to our community through this grant.”
“We want to thank all that made this grant possible,” said State Rep. Rick Nelson. “The center works to give hope to those who want another chance to be a productive citizen.”
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.
Applications for CDBG funds are also submitted to DLG. To learn more, visit https://kydlgweb.ky.gov/FederalGrants/CDBG_cities.cfm.