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6/25/2020 - Notice of Funding Availability CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

The City of Waterbury has been notified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it will receive the following supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act):

  • $1,317,293 in supplemental CDBG-CV funding and
  • $1,802,458 in supplemental Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) funding.

These funds are to be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. All activities chosen for funding must be CDBG eligible and meet one of the national objectives of the CDBG program: (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 2020-2024 CDBG funds will be used to meet the national objective of benefit to low and moderate-income persons; in 2019-2020, 100% of its funds met this objective. Activities must also comply with other CDBG cross-cutting requirements including but not limited to Environmental Review, Davis Bacon and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. There is also a requirement to prevent duplication of benefits which means that these grant funds may not be used to pay costs if another source of financial assistance is available to pay that cost.

The ESG-CV funds are to be used for individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The City’s current ESG subrecipients are Safe Haven, The Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul Mission and it anticipates using ESG-CV funds to aid in their efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The activities that will be supported include: program administration; emergency shelter and outreach; homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.

The City will conduct an application process in order to develop a plan for the use of these funds. Those interested in applying for funds should request an application beginning on Friday, June 26, 2020 via the City website on the Community Development Office page, and submit their applications to the Community Development Office, Room C-29, City Hall, 235 Grand Street no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020. Upon receipt, the CAC will review the applications for consistency with CDBG eligibility guidelines (24CFR570.201) and COVID guidelines. A draft plan for the use of these funds will be developed and published for citizen comments. The CAC will hold a Public Hearing on the draft plan on August 12, 2020 at 5:30pm in the Veterans Memorial Hall, Second floor, City Hall, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT. The facility is handicapped accessible.