3/31/2014 - Proposed 2014-2015 CD Year 40 Annual Action Plan and Notice of Public Hearing


The Waterbury Development Corporation (WDC) on behalf of the City of Waterbury has prepared the City's proposed 2014-2015 Annual Action Plan.  Notice is hereby given that the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold a public hearing and public comment period for the proposed plan. This action is undertaken in compliance with federal regulations 24 CFR 91. The Action Plan delineates proposed activities to be funded under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The 2014-2015 Annual Action Plan identifies how this year’s funds will be used.  This year's HUD CDBG, HOME and ESG funding resulted in the following allocations: $1,913,444 (CDBG), $162,197 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and $657,694 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).  Program income for 2014-2015  is anticipated to be $14,000 (CDBG) and $16,300 (HOME).  In addition, the City has also estimated that it will have approximately $30,000 in funds from previous years due to the cancellation of projects/activities or the completion of them under budget.  The proposed 2014-2015 Annual Plan is listed below.

A thirty (30) day public comment period will commence on April 1, 2014, and will end April 30, 2014. Drafts of the proposed plan will be available for public review at the Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, the Waterbury Development Corporation and the City Clerk’s Office, 235 Grand Street.  The Plan is also available on the City of Waterbury website: www.waterburyct.org.

Written comments regarding the draft plan may be submitted to the attention of Casey Lawlor, Waterbury Development Corporation, 83 Bank Street, 3rd Floor, Waterbury, CT. 06702 lawlor@wdconline.org

Second Public Hearing: Notice is hereby given that the CAC will hold a public hearing on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM for the purpose of receiving public input on the proposed plan. The hearing will be located in the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 2nd floor, City Hall, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT. The facility is handicapped accessible.  The City will provide interpreters and assistance for non-English speaking, hearing-impaired or disabled residents upon receiving a request at least four (4) days prior to this hearing date. Contact Casey Lawlor at 203-346-2607 ext. 7281 or at Lawlor@wdconline.org. All interested person(s) are encouraged to attend.

Proposed 2014-2015 Annual Action Plan:
Administration: $382,688.80 - Allocation of 20% CDBG funds to provide for program administration.

1. Social Service Programs
Brass City Harvest (73 Hill St.): $16,477.95 - Funds the utility and insurance expenses related to food production and program implementation.
Catholic Charities (13 Wolcott St.): $4,738.49 - Funds salaries, building facility, and case management.
Center for Human Development (693 East Main St.): $29,000 - Funds.salary for community coordinator.
Connecticut Legal Services (85 Central Ave.): $10,000 - Funds salaries for housing related legal services.
Family Services of Greater Waterbury (34 Murray St.): $15,946.40 - Funds behavioral health program coordinator.
Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries (16 Church St.): $42,523.74 - Funds food, supplies, utilities and salaries at soup kitchen and food pantry.
Hispanic Coalition (135 East Liberty St.): $11,329.67 - Funds salaries for Hispanic community case managers.
Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. (267 Grand St.): $5,000 - Funds salaries and expenses of the literacy program.
Safe Haven (29 Central Ave.): $10,630.93 - Funds utilities and insurance to support services for abused women/children.
Salvation Army (74 Central Ave.): $10,000 - Funds salaries, benefits and supplies for the emergency food pantry.
Staywell Health Care (80 Phoenix Ave.): $6,000 - Funds dental clinic salaries.
Waterbury Senior Shuttle (83 Bank St.): $100,000 - Funds transportation costs.
Waterbury Youth Service Systems (83 Prospect St.): $15,369.42 - Funds truancy program salaries.
WOW-NRZ Association, Inc.  (308 Walnut St.): $10,000 - Funds operating expenses of community center.

2. Improvement Projects:
Brass City Harvest (73 Hill St.): $20,000 – Funds will be used for security upgrades at the 73 Hill Street greenhouse, environmental controls for heating/ cooling efficiencies and program materials.
Neighborhood Facilities - Police Activity League of Waterbury (64 Division St.): $174,276.06.  Project #1: $56,903.56 for boiler replacement at PAL learning center 58 Griggs St; Project #2: $40,372.50 for bathroom and bleachers replacement PAL Rec Center 64 Division St; Project #3: $77,000 for the park pavilion and site work for the PAL park.
Park Improvements – Hamilton Park (110 Hamilton Park): $110,000 – Construction/installation of public bathrooms.
Park Improvements – Hopeville Park (184 Piedmont St.): $110,000 - Construction/installation of public bathrooms.
Park Improvements – Lakewood Park (129 Lakewood Rd.): $145,762.54 - Construction of new double handball court with fencing; abatement and painting of carousel/gazebo and purchase/installation of 12 picnic tables
Park Improvements – Martin Luther King Park (467 North Main St.): $126,000 – Construction/installation of public bathrooms; purchase/installation of 8 game tables with benches and a water fountain.
St. Mary’s Hospital Child Development Center (100 Jefferson Square): $15,200 – Funds will be used for safety security measures for the Child Development Center.
Silas Bronson Library (267 Grand Street): $400,000 – Phase III of the window replacement project at the Silas Bronson Library.
Waterbury Opportunities Industrialization Center (77-79 Bishop St.): $17,500 – Security gates for main parking lot and lower level entrance and security system for lower level.
Emergency Relocation (Citywide): $125,000* – Funds relocation of low-moderate income individuals due to unsafe housing conditions, code violations. *Prior year funds of up to $30,000 and anticipated program income of up to $14,000 if realized will also be allocated to this program.

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG):
Administration: $12,164.78 - Allocation of 7.5% of ESG funds to provide for program administration.
Safe Haven (29 Central Ave.): $16,772.74 – Funds shelter operations.
Salvation Army (74 Central Ave.): $44,382.74 - $8,772.74 will be used to fund shelter operations; $27,805 will be used to fund salaries and direct financial assistance related to homelessness prevention services; $7,805 will be for direct financial assistance related to rapid re-housing services
St. Vincent DePaul (114 Benedict St.): $88,876.74 - $71,772.72 will be used to fund shelter operations; $17,104.02 will be for direct financial assistance related to rapid re-housing services.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME):
HOME Program
: $657,694 - Funds will benefit low and moderate households, targeted as determined by the WDC. 10% ($65,769.40) will be used for administration and 15% ($98,654.10) will be used for CHDO housing development. $493,270.50 will be used for housing activities. An estimated $16,300 in program income will be put back into the program.

Copias de este aviso en espanol se pueden obtener en la Corporacion de Desarrollo de Waterbury, (Waterbury Development Corporation-WDC), en el WDC, 83 Bank St., 3rd Floor, o en linea a traves de la pagina de la red de la ciudad www.waterburyct.org y en la pagina de la red de la WDC www.wdconline.org.