I am writing in response to one of Mama Kat's writing prompts.
My job. Hmmm. My job.
Well, here's what I do, day in and day out, for a living. I am a Program Specialist for the Community Development Block Grant program for the State of Montana. It's a HUD program. I read and evaluate grants, work within a team to rank them by priority, need, and benefit to people of low-to-moderate income, and then, once the grants have been awarded to cities, towns, and counties, coordinate with local project administrators, engineers, and architects to get the actual project constructed and to ensure compliance with federal regulation. The maximum grant is $450,000. We do a lot of water and wastewater infrastructure, build community facilities, such as food banks and youth centers, as well as do some direct benefit assistance, like first time homebuyer downpayment assistance and housing rehab for low-to-moderate income homeowners. Sounds complicated, doesn't it? Well, guess what - it's really complicated!
We have a staff of three to serve the entire state. I have about thirty projects going, although, if you've been a reader for a while, you will remember that I set, as one of my New Year's resolutions, the goal to get a bunch of projects closed out. The federal government kind of implied (yes, I meant that) pressure and made it easier to, in a sense, clear the docket, so that these closeouts could take priority. And most of my old projects are gone - hurray! I have a few tricky ones that I am still working on, but I'm getting closer to have a normal project list.
Of course, I have assigned myself this part-time blog as a second job, and I love that too. Maybe working with the photos and writing are my favorite parts.
Thanks, Mama Kat, for the exercise in thinking.