Calistoga’s affordable housing fund received a boost at Tuesday’s city council meeting of almost $100,000 through a grant and a one-time sales tax payment.

A grant in the amount of $45,500 from Napa Valley Community Foundation made possible by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefits Program will be set aside for future affordable housing program needs, the council agreed.

A $50,000 allocation from a one-time sales tax payment of $127,000 through the Board of Equalization will be set aside for affordable housing, too.

During budget planning sessions earlier this year the council made affordable housing a priority in Calistoga where low- to middle-income earners are challenged to find homes that fit their budgets.

The problem is expected to be exacerbated with the increase of about 500 jobs anticipated through the development of the two new resorts being built.

The one-time tax payment is being divided and allotted to four other projects.

The Railroad Track Repurposing Matching Grant is allocated $10,000, with matching funds required.

The Pioneer Park Landscaping Phase is slotted for $25,000, and the same amount will go to the Vine Trail Gateway preliminary design, with the Calistoga Rotary matching funds or assisting in the project funding, and $17,000 is slated for the Oat Hill Mine Trailhead Parking preliminary design.

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