Marion Civil Rights Commission accepting applications for housing assistance grant program

The Marion Civil Rights Commission is currently accepting applications for the Marion Low and Moderate Income Housing Assistance Grant to be awarded in 2024. The Marion City Council has approved up to $62,000 to be used for this grant program, according to a news release.

The grant will help nonprofits, charitable organizations or other entities interested in assisting low- and moderate-income individuals with programs that address housing instability in the community.

Marion Cares was the sole recipient of the 2023 program funds. 

“The Marion Civil Rights Commission is once again proud to provide this grant opportunity to organizations that serve Marion residents,” said Renae Forsyth-Christy, chair of the Marion Civil Rights Commission, in the release. “The commission is interested in providing funding to support affordable housing opportunities or related services within the community.” 

The application period will remain open through March 10. The materials and application form are available at  

The target date for awarding the funds is June 2024, the release states. The commission will make funding recommendations, based on a defined set of criteria, to provide maximum assistance to as many proposals as possible.   

Questions may be directed to Renae Forsyth-Christy, Marion Civil Rights Commission chair or Kim Downs, deputy city manager.