COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Community Development Block Grant Fund

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request to set first public hearing required for the Community Development Block Grand Fund application process

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Davis, Elliott, and White

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

January 9, 2008

 

  

  ACTION:                     INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

     ACTION:   X                INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   NO

 

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Virginia Community Development Block Grant (VCDBG) is a federally-funded grant administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  Since 1982, the DHCD has provided funding to eligible units of local government (non-entitlement communities only) for projects that address critical community needs, including housing, infrastructure, and economic development.  Albemarle County has received numerous grants in previous years to support housing and community improvement initiatives.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

By June 30, 2010, working in partnership with others, increase affordable housing opportunities for those who work and/or live in Albemarle County.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Approximately $10 million is made available by DHCD annually for competitive grant proposals in the Commonwealth.  The VCDBC application process requires that two local public hearings be conducted.  The first public hearing is to provide information on eligible activities that may be funded by CDBG, the amount of funding estimated to be available, and past activities undertaken in Albemarle County with CDBG funds.

 

A follow-up public hearing is required to review any proposed applications.  Applications must be submitted by the County, although the proposed activities may be undertaken by other agencies.  The second public hearing must take place prior to the application due date of March 26, 2008.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There is no budgetary impact unless or until an application is made and approved for a funded project.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff requests that the Board of Supervisors set a public hearing for the Community Development Block Grant program for February 6, 2008 to provide information to the public and interested parties regarding the eligible CDBG activities, funding availability, the process for submitting proposals for applications, and past activities undertaken in the County with CDBG funding and to receive public comment on this information.

 

 

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