3/25/2019 - Notice of Public Hearing: Proposed 2019-2020 CD Year 45 Annual Action Plan

PROPOSED 2019-2020 CD YEAR 45 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

A SUMMARY OF THE CITY OF WATERBURY CONSOLIDATED HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2019-2020 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN/ USE OF FUNDS AND NOTICE OF SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019.

The City of Waterbury has prepared the City's proposed 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan identifies how this year’s funds will be used. For planning purposes, the CAC used the current funding levels to develop the draft plan because there is not yet final federal allocations. The current levels are: $2,146,218(CDBG), $175,851 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and $859,735 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).  Program income for 2019-2020 is anticipated to be $14,000 (CDBG) and $2,500 (HOME).  In addition, reprogrammed funds in the amount of $61,173 from previous years due to the cancellation of projects/activities or the completion of them under budget has been allocated to  projects. The proposed 2019-2020 Annual Plan is listed below.  In the event of an increase or decrease in the final allocations, the Committee decided to apply the increase/decrease equally to the social service agencies, except in the event of a 50% decrease funds would go to the agencies meeting the Consolidated Plan priorities. For the projects and for the HOME and ESG allocations the increase or decrease would be applied equally.

A thirty (30) day public comment period will commence on March 26, 2019, and will end April 25, 2019. Drafts of the proposed plan will be available for public review at the Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street 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 Diane C. Toolan, Housing and Community Planning Program Director, Community Development Office, City Hall, Room C-29 Waterbury, CT. 06702 dtoolan@waterburyct.org

Second Public Hearing: Notice is hereby given that the CAC will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday April 9, 2019 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 Nancy Allen at 203-346-3810 ext. 7274 or at nallen@waterburyct.org.  All interested person(s) are encouraged to attend.

Proposed 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan:

Administration: $429,244 - Allocation of 20% CDBG funds to provide for program administration.

1. Social Service Programs

Brass City Harvest (324 Mill St.): $16,488- Funds utilities, insurance, and purchase of fresh food.**$16,488

Catholic Charities (13 Wolcott St.): $5,388- Funds salaries, building facility, and case management.

Center for Human Development (693 East Main St.): $50,000Funds coordinators salary and expansion of programming.**$50,000

Connecticut Legal Services (85 Central Ave.): $10,088 - Funds salaries for housing related legal services.

Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries (770 East Main St.): $51,062 - Funds food, supplies, utilities and salaries at soup kitchen and food pantry.**$51,062

Hispanic Coalition (135 East Liberty St.): $11,388 - 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.

Manufacturing Alliance Service Corp.(173 Interstate Lane): $51,350 – Funds teachers salaries and expenses for CNC entry level manufacturing program.

Safe Haven (29 Central Ave.): $9,131 - Funds utilities and insurance to support services for abused women/children.

Salvation Army (74 Central Ave.): $10,000 - Funds for emergency food pantry salaries and food.**$10,000

Shakesperience Productions, Inc. (117 Bank St.): $5,388 - Funds acting intensive scholarship program.

Waterbury Senior Shuttle (83 Bank St.): $78,388 - Funds transportation costs for seniors.**$33,416

Waterbury Youth Service Systems (83 Prospect St.): $9,131 - Funds truancy program salaries.

WOW-NRZ Association, Inc.  (308 Walnut St.): $9,131 - Funds operating expenses of community center.

**Funding at 50% reduction.

2. Improvement Projects     

The following projects will be funded:

Economic Development-Brass City Harvest Food Hub (359 Mill St.): $240,500 – Funds will be used to purchase interior equipment to facilitate food processing and manufacturing as part of the operation of the Food Hub.

Park Improvements – Library Park (267 Grand St.): $665,715 – Funds will be used to reconstruct the park promenade, interior pathways, overlook, brick wall, lighting and fixtures and Wi-Fi, as part of the multi-year improvements.*Program income if realized will be added to this project.

Neighborhood Facilities-YMCA Annex at Rose Hill (63 Prospect St.) $549,999- Funds will be used to help the YMCA acquire the Rose Hill property for purpose of expanding their School Aged Programs and School Readiness Programs and create more childcare and administrative office space.

 

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG):

Administration: $13,188 - Allocation of 7.5% of ESG funds for program administration.

Safe Haven (29 Central Ave.): $19,504 – Funds shelter operations for victims of domestic violence.

Salvation Army (74 Central Ave.): $49,384 - $11,504 to fund shelter operations; $27,908 to fund salaries and direct financial assistance related to homelessness prevention services; $9,972 to fund salaries and direct financial assistance related to rapid re-housing services

St. Vincent DePaul (114 Benedict St.): $93,775 - $74,503 to fund shelter operations; $19,272 for direct financial assistance related to rapid re-housing services.

HOME Program: $859,735 - Funds will benefit low and moderate households, targeted as determined by the City. 10% ($85,974) will be used for administration and 15% ($128,960) will be used for CHDO housing development. $644,801 will be used for housing activities. An estimated $2,500 in program income will be put back into the program.