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Notice of Public Hearing – CDBG Action Plan & Consolidated Plan

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF MOUNT VERNON – FIVE YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015

 

Citizens of the City of Mount Vernon are urged to attend a public hearing conducted by the City of Mount Vernon Department of Planning and Community Development (“PCD”) to discuss the city’s Five Year Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 and the One Year Action Plan for fiscal year 2015. At this public hearing, PCD staff will obtain views from citizens, non-profit agencies, neighborhood associations, residents of public and assisted housing and other interested parties on housing, homeless, community development and economic development needs to be undertaken with federal funds under the Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”), HOME Investment Partnerships (“HOME”), Housing opportunities for Persons with Aids (“HOPWA”) and Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program.

 

The public hearing will be held on Thursday November 13, 2014 between 10:00AM and 11:00AM in the City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall-Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, New York.

 

The City of Mount Vernon encourages participation of all its residents especially the involvement of very low income residents, minorities, non-English speaking persons and persons with mobility, visual or hearing impairments. Assistance can be made available to persons with disabilities or requirements for Spanish speaking residents upon request by calling (914) 840-4029.

 

CDBG applications will be available for distribution on Friday November 14, 2014 at the office of the Department of Planning and Community Development, second floor, City Hall–Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, New York 10550 and must be submitted by Thursday, December 4, 2014 4:30 PM. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered for funding. NO PROPOSALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING.

 

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

1) CDBG funds may be used for acquisition, demolition, clearance removal or rehabilitation of real property and blighted buildings; the construction, reconstruction or installation of public works projects; neighborhood facilities and other site improvements; relocation assistance; economic development; assistance to the elderly or handicapped; public services; preparation of the one year plan and administrative costs.

 

2) HOME funds are used for hard costs for new construction, preserving and upgrading of existing housing stock so that low income renters can live in affordable units that meet necessary codes and standards and to provide affordable home ownership opportunities to low and moderate income Mount Vernon households. 80% of HOME funds have been designated for the development of affordable housing rental units.

 

3) HOPWA funds are used to address the need for housing opportunities and supportive services for persons with AIDS, related diseases and their families.

 

4) SHP funds are used to address the need for housing assistance to homeless families and individuals and persons with special needs to prevent homelessness. 

 

IMPORTANT CHANGES

1) No allocation of CDBG funds will be made to a project of less than $15,000 unless funding at a lesser amount is necessary to complete a project.

 

2) All CDBG applicants must attend at least one mandatory workshop listed below in the Application Process Timeline prior to the application deadline.

 

3) The City of Mount Vernon will not accept faxed, e-mailed or incomplete applications.

 

4) Late applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

 

5) No allocation of CDBG funds will be made to a project for which a CDBG application has not been received.

 

6) All CDBG funds allocated to projects shall be used within 12 months of the date of allocation, or such funds are subject to being reprogrammed and/or re-allocated to another project. Exceptions may be granted for major projects at the discretion of the city and Urban Renewal Agency.

 

7) An application for CDBG funds is not a guarantee of an award or allocation of CDBG funding.

 

8 ) CDBG sub-recipient allocations are subject to change based on official Federal CDBG allocation to the City of Mount Vernon.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS TIMELINE

 

November 14, 2014   Fiscal Year 2015 CDBG Applications Available

November 21, 2014   Applicant Workshop – 10:00am and 2:00pm – Memorial Room, City Hall

November 28, 2014   Applicant Workshop – 10:00am and 2:00pm – Memorial Room, City Hall

December 4, 2014      Application deadline4:30pm          

 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILTY REQUIREMENTS

In accordance with HUD’S federal regulations, at least one of the following primary objectives must be met by all funded activities:

 

*The activity must principally benefit low and moderate income families.

*The activity must aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight.

*The activity must be designed to meet community development needs having a particular urgency, not addressed by other financial resources.

 Download 2015 CDBG Application Here

Persons unable to attend the public hearing who wish to express their views on Housing and Community Development needs may submit such views in writing to the Department of Planning and Community Development, City Hall-Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, New York 10550. Attention: Susanne Marino, Deputy Commissioner, Planning and Community Development no later than December 4, 2014.

 

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