On Sept. 22, Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved a Community Development Block Grant agreement with the nonprofit group Family Promise to acquire a facility that will become a shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness and help isolate families during contagious disease events.
The acquisition comes from fiscal year 2020-21 funds from the federal Housing and Urban Development CDBG program and is a part of the county’s five-year plan to develop facilities and support social service organizations, according to agenda materials.
The agreement is for up to $495,000 in CDBG funds for the project, and another $1.3 million is coming from a Homeless Emergency Services Grant as part of the CARES Act for building rehabilitation.
The building is located at 109 Commercial Circle, Conroe, and will include seven bedrooms with a resident manager, according to the meeting agenda.
“[Precinct 1 Commissioner] Mike [Meador] has told me so much about what you're doing, and it’s so impressive. It’s so desperately needed. Thank you,” Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack said at the meeting.
Also at the Sept. 22 meeting, Election Administrator Suzie Harvey reported that requests for mail-in ballots have already exceeded the projected totals for the upcoming Nov. 3 election by about 30%.
“We’re quite a ways away from the deadline, so, yeah, we’ve seen a big increase,” she said after Noack asked if there had been an uptick in requests.
County Judge Mark Keough was not present at the Sept. 22 meeting.