COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Community Development Block Grant Fund
Request to set first public hearing required for the Community Development Block Grand Fund application process
Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, White
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
December 3, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
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.
By June 30, 2010, working in partnership with others, increase affordable housing opportunities for those who work and/or live in Albemarle County.
In the past, approximately $10 million has been made available annually by DHCD for competitive grant proposals in the Commonwealth, and it is anticipated that the same amount will be available this year. 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, which is likely to be in late March of 2009.
There is no budgetary impact unless or until an application is made and approved for a funded project.
Staff requests that the Board of Supervisors set a public hearing for the Community Development Block Grant program for January 7, 2009 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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