COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Community Development Block Grant Program 2005

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request to set public hearing

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Roxanne White, Davis, Ron White

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

January 12, 2005

 

ACTION:                              INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:      X                    INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      No

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the federal Community Development Block Grant for non-entitlement jurisdictions in which Albemarle County is included.  Such jurisdictions can apply through a competitive application for eligible community development activities.  Prior to making an application, two public hearings must be conducted.  The first hearing is to provide information on the availability of funding, types of activities that are eligible and past uses of CDBG funds in the locality.  The second hearing would review and approve/disapprove potential applications proposed for submission.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 3.2:  Promote a variety of safe, sanitary and affordable housing types.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

DHCD recently announced the availability of $10,021,328 in competitive grants for 2005.  Albemarle County could apply for one or more projects totaling approximately $2.5 million.  Projects must meet one of three national objectives which are benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, aiding in prevention or elimination of slum and blight, and responding to a community need having particular urgency.  Grants may be for community improvement activities and/or planning grants for future community improvement activities.

 

The most recent grant received by the County was used to construct a community center at Parks Edge Apartments, formerly Whitewood Village, in conjunction with the renovation of 96 apartment units.  The center was completed in September 2004 and currently houses after school activities and the apartmentís management office.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors set a public hearing for February 2, 2005 to provide information on available funding, eligible activities, and past use of CDBG funds.

 

 

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