When the East Hampton Town Board requested ideas at its meeting last Thursday night on how to spend the $116,783 it expects to receive in federal Community Development Block Grant money this year, there was no shortage of suggestions.
While some of its homeowners are among the richest in the country, and some of its oceanfront homes sell for tens of millions of dollars, East Hampton also has its share of poverty and homelessness, financially struggling senior citizens and others who need help.
Requests for the federal aid totaled about $170,000. Once the town board learns exactly how much money it will get, officials will vote on how to spend it.
Among the requests Thursday night: $48,000 to renovate eight apartments in the town’s Whalebone Village affordable housing complex.
Built more than 20 years ago, 16 of its apartments need new plumbing and other work.
The Retreat, a shelter for battered women, wanted around $40,000 to pay for a standby generator so the women and children who go there will not again be left in the dark in case of a power failure, as happened during the most-recent bad storm last month.
Maureen’s Haven is an overnight shelter run by more than a dozen churches and temples across the East End, picks up homeless men, women and children are at several locations and brought to a different church every night. There, they get a hot meal and a place to sleep.
The shelter asked for $10,000 to help cover the cost of running buses and to pay its staff.
The grant funds will be distributed in April.