1/22/2018 - Public Notice-CD YR 44 (2018-2019) Notice of Availability of Funding and Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

 

The City of Waterbury (City) is pleased to announce the availability of 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant funds. The City has not yet received notice of its allocations for the upcoming program year and, per HUD’s guidance, intends to use current year’s allocations as the baseline for planning purposes. These amounts may increase or decrease depending upon the final federal approved budget. The 2017-2018 allocations were as follows: $1,953,407 (CDBG), $172,597 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and $617,835 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Program income is anticipated to be $16,300 for HOME and $14,000 for CDBG.

 

In addition, the City has also estimated that it will have approximately $64,000

 in funds from previous years due to the cancellation of projects/ activities or the completion of them under budget. These funds will be reallocated during this process and included within the Annual Action Plan. However, due to the limits on public services and administration and because these reprogrammed funds are not viewed as new funds, the reallocation of these reprogrammed funds shall be limited to those projects and activities not categorized as public service or administration.

 

In accordance with its Citizen Participation Plan, there will be a Public Hearing to solicit citizen input on the needs of the community before the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Veteran’s Memorial, 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 Nancy Allen at 203-346-3810 ext. 7274 or at nallen@waterburyct.org.  All interested person(s) are encouraged to attend.

 

Those interested in applying for funds should request an application beginning on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 via the City’s website on the Community Development Office page, www.waterburyct.org/cdbg and submit their applications to the Community Development Office, Room C-29, City Hall, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018. Upon receipt the CAC will review the applications for consistency with CDBG eligibility guidelines (24CFR570.201 and the themes identified in the City’s Consolidated Plan (2013-2018). As part of the review process, additional public meetings and a second public hearing will be held to receive public input. 

 

National Objectives of the CDBG program are: (1) to benefit low/moderate income persons; (2) to eliminate slums and blight; and (3) to address urgent (emergency) needs. The City of Waterbury estimates that not less than 70% of its aggregate 2018-2019 CDBG funds will be used to meet the national objective of benefit to low and moderate income persons; In 2016-2017, 100% of its funds met this objective. The objective of the ESG program is to provide services to the homeless. The objective of the HOME program is to construct and/or rehabilitate housing for low/moderate income persons.

 

It is the stated policy of the City to avoid activities that result in displacement. In the unlikely event any activity funded by the CDBG program results in displacement, the City has adopted a Relocation Policy and is responsible for providing relocation assistance if CDBG funds were used for that purpose.

 

The Community Development Office will offer technical assistance workshops to agencies/individuals wishing to apply for CDBG/ESG funding on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. and Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Cass Gilbert Room, First Floor, City Hall, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702.

 

Funding applications for the HOME program are taken on an ongoing basis. Information and technical assistance can be obtained by contacting HOME Program Manager Tina Lubus at 346-3810 Ext. 7282 or by email at tlubus@waterburyct.org.

 

Aquellos interesados en solicitar fondos de CDBG deben solicitar una solicitud a partir del 24 de enero de 2018 a través de la página de Desarrollo Comunitario en el sitio web de la Ciudad: www.waterburyct.org y enviar sus solicitudes a la Oficina de Desarrollo Comunitario antes de las 3:00 p.m. el 23 de febrero de 2018.

La Ciudad ofrecerá talleres de asistencia técnica a organizaciones / individuos que deseen solicitar fondos de CDBG / ESG el 31 de enero de 2018, de 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. y el 1 de febrero de 2018 de 3:00 a 4:00 p.m. en la sala Cass Gilbert, primer piso, City Hall, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT.

Habrá una audiencia pública sobre las necesidades de la comunidad ante el Comité Asesor de Ciudadanos (CAC) el 7 de febrero de 2018 a las 5:30 p. M. En el Veteranos Memorial Hall, segundo piso del City Hall, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT.

Las preguntas relacionadas con el programa se pueden dirigir a la Especialista del Programa de Desarrollo Comunitario, Nancy Allen al 203-346-3810, ext. 7274 o por correo electrónico: nallen@waterburyct.org.