Pre-application Hearings: Project Design Phase – Possible CDBG Applications

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that two additional public hearings/community meetings will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday November 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. the City of Arvin, at Arvin City Council Chambers, 200 Campus Drive, Arvin CA. 93203, in order to discuss possible applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and to solicit citizen input on possible activities to be included in these applications.

The General and Economic Development Components of the State CDBG program publish Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA’s) each program year (July 1 to June 30). Eligible Cities and counties may submit applications for CDBG funds under these NOFA’s.  Approximately $5,000,000 is available under the General Allocation NOFA each year.  Up to 500,000 is available under the Economic Development Enterprise Allocation each year.  Also, the Economic Development Over –the- Counter Allocation can award up to $3,000,000 per year.  Each year Planning and Technical Assistance Grants up to $100,000 under the General Component and $100,000 from the Economic Development Component are awarded on a first come first serve basis.  The state issues two small NOFA’s each year under the Native American and Colonia’s allocations.  The Native American allocation only for areas where concentrations of low income Native Americans live, who are part of a federally recognized Indian tribe or Rancheria.  The Colonia’s funding is only for designated communities within 150 miles of the Mexican American border.

Eligible activities under the above allocations and NOFA’s consist of: housing–new construction projects; housing acquisition and housing rehabilitation programs; community facility and public works projects; public services programs and planning studies.  Economic development programs and projects are also eligible along with planning activities.  Eligible activities paid for with State CDBG funds must meet one or more of the three National Objectives listed in CDBG Federal Statutes as follows: benefit to low income households or persons (also called Target Income Group (TIG)); elimination of slums and blight; or meeting urgent community development need (a need resulting from a State or Federal declared disaster).

The City of Arvin anticipates submitting applications under one or more of the State CDBG NOFA’s published during the 2017/2018 program year. The City of Arvin does not have program nor anticipates receiving CDBG program Income that must be expended prior to expending awarded grant funds. Applications are anticipated under the General and Economic components as well as the Planning and Technical Assistance Components. A separate public hearing will be held to discuss and approve each proposed application prior to submittal to the State.

The purpose of this public hearing will be to give citizens an opportunity to make their comments known regarding what types of eligible activities the City should be applying for under the State CDBG program. If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may direct written comments to the City of Arvin, Marti Brown, Community Development Director, 200 Campus Drive, P.O. Box 548, Arvin, CA. 93203, or you may telephone (661) 854-3134.  In addition, a public information file is available for review at the above address between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

The City promotes fair housing and makes all programs available to low and moderate-income families regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual preference, marital status or handicap.

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Cecilia Vela, City Clerk