1/21/2020 - Public Notice-CD YR 46 (2020-2021) Notice of Availability of Funding and Notice of Public Hearing
 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NEEDS ASSESSMENT
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING
 
The City of Waterbury's annually receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the following programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME).

 

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 2020-2025 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.   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. 

 

To fulfill this responsibility, the City of Waterbury is required to submit a Consolidated Plan at least every five years, in conjunction with that year’s Annual Action Plan. The planning has begun for the City’s new Five Year Consolidated Plan, which will cover the period from 2020 -2025.  The Consolidated Plan defines the needs of the City and sets long-term strategies, goals and objectives for meeting those needs.  The Plan will also include this year’s allocation for FY 2020 and serves as the application for this year’s (CD YR 46) CDBG, ESG and HOME funds.

 

In addition to the Consolidated Plan, the City of Waterbury is also required to prepare its Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice so that it can certify to HUD that it will affirmatively further fair housing.  The AI will include: a comprehensive review of Waterbury’s laws, regulations, administrative policies and practices; an assessment of how they impact the location, availability and accessibility of housing and an assessment of conditions (public and private) affecting fair housing choice for protected classes.

 

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 2019-2020 allocations were as follows: $2,126,160 (CDBG), $182,111 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and $827,794 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Program income is anticipated to be $2,500 for HOME and $14,000 for CDBG.

 

In accordance with its Citizen Participation Plan, there will be a Public Hearing to solicit citizen input on the needs of the community and present demographic and housing data relative to the Plan and the AI before the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 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. 7282 or 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 22, 2020 via the City 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 21, 2020. Upon receipt, the CAC will review the applications for consistency with CDBG eligibility guidelines (24CFR570.201). As part of the review process, additional public meetings and a second public hearing will be held to receive public input.

 

It is the stated policy of the City to avoid activities, which 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 29, 2020 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Cass Gilbert Room, first floor, 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
 
De acuerdo con su Plan de Participación Ciudadana, habrá una Audiencia Pública para solicitar la opinión de los ciudadanos sobre las necesidades de la comunidad y presentar datos demográficos y de vivienda relacionados con el Plan y la IA ante el Comité Asesor Ciudadano (CAC) el miércoles 5 de febrero. 2020 a las 5:30 p.m. en el Veteranas Memorial, segundo piso, Ayuntamiento, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT. La instalación es accesible para discapacitados.

 

La Ciudad proporcionará intérpretes y asistencia para los residentes que no hablen inglés, tengan problemas de audición o discapacitados al recibir una solicitud al menos cuatro (4) días antes de esta fecha de audiencia. Contacte a Nancy Allen al 203-346-3810 ext. 7282 o nallen@waterburyct.org. Se alienta a todas las personas interesadas a asistir.

 

Los interesados en solicitar fondos deben solicitar una solicitud a partir del miércoles 22 de enero de 2020 a través del sitio web de la Ciudad en la página de la Oficina de Desarrollo Comunitario, www.waterburyct.org/cdbg y presentar sus solicitudes a la Oficina de Desarrollo Comunitario, Sala C-29 , Ayuntamiento, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury a más tardar a las 3:00 p.m. el viernes 21 de febrero de 2020. Una vez recibido, el CAC revisará las solicitudes para verificar que sean coherentes con las pautas de elegibilidad de CDBG (24CFR570.201). Como parte del proceso de revisión, se realizarán reuniones públicas adicionales y una segunda audiencia pública para recibir comentarios del público.

 

Es la política establecida de la Ciudad evitar actividades que resulten en desplazamiento. En el improbable caso de que cualquier actividad financiada por el programa CDBG resulte en desplazamiento, la Ciudad ha adoptado una Política de Reubicación y es responsable de proporcionar asistencia de reubicación si los fondos CDBG se utilizaron para ese propósito.

 

La Oficina de Desarrollo de la Comunidad ofrecerá talleres de asistencia técnica a agencias / individuos que deseen solicitar fondos de CDBG / ESG el miércoles 29 de enero de 2020 de 10:00 a 11:00 am y el jueves 30 de enero de 2020 de 3: 00-4 : 00 pm en la sala Cass Gilbert, primer piso, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702.