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Area boundaries are mapped and described in terms of their streets on the City's Neighborhood Resource Teams website.
This area includes the downtown central business district, as well as four residential older neighborhoods with a wide range of housing options, from two homeless shelters to million-dollar lake-view condos. The CDBG program has traditionally supported the development of affordable housing options for lower income households in this area, as well as the promotion of businesses that create jobs for income-eligible persons. Assisted housing activities have included the redevelopment of a school warehouse into affordable housing units, the Transitional Housing, Inc. (now Porchlight) development of several buildings into affordable housing for homeless people, the construction of 641 West Main Street, and the Madison Development Corporation retention of former Madison Mutual Housing Association units as affordable housing. Assisted businesses have included such downtown stalwarts as The Soap Opera, J. Kinney Florists, and The Blue Marlin.
The major 2005 activities in this area will include continued support for small business lending through the Madison Development business loan program, and the continued support for both Porchlight (formerly THI) and the YWCA as they provide transitional housing for homeless men and women. In cooperation with Downtown Madison, Inc., the program will help fund another year of a pilot project to provide outreach and referral services to individuals who tend to congregate on State Street and who appear to need housing or other appropriate support and counseling services.
The Central area is also served by our community-wide core/basic activities, which are available to residents in all areas of the City of Madison.