Although the pot of Federal dollars that the City is eligible to receive through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program has declined slightly over the last 5 years (down to $298,000 from $325,000) every penny still counts and with the real estate market a bit of a mess right now it’s more important than ever to use these dollars wisely. How those dollars get used depends in part upon who applies for them within the City and that’s where you come in. If you’ve got a good idea for how to transform an old dilapitated property and make it new again so that low to moderate income families can have a place to call home, now is the time to let us know. Here’s the details on the grant application process.
The CD Department is beginning the 2009 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) submission process. As part of that process, the CD Department is seeking proposals in order to identify eligible projects that will be included in the City’s application to HUD.
Proposals need to be submitted by February 18, 2009 and the specific submission requirements and actual proposal form have been attached for your review.
If you have any questions after reviewing the attached, please contact me at 330.678.8108.
Bridget O. Susel
Grants & Neighborhood Programs Administrator
City of Kent Community Development Department
930 Overholt Rd., Kent OH 44240
2009 CDBG PROJECT PROPOSAL
SUBMISSION CRITERIA & REQUIREMENTS
The City of Kent participates in the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As part of the City of Kent’s 2009 CDBG submission to HUD, the City will identify activities which will be funded with the City of Kent’s proposed PY2009 CDBG funding allocation. To be eligible for funding through this source, all applicants must address one or more of the following overall objectives as a component of their proposed activities:
CITY OF KENT CONSOLIDATED PLAN OVERALL OBJECTIVES
1. The expansion of economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons that promote long-term economic and social viability within the community. 2. The provision of decent housing through:
a) The retention of existing affordable housing stock; or
b) Providing assistance to homeless persons in obtaining appropriate housing and necessary support services; or
c) Increasing the availability of permanent housing that is affordable to low and moderate income persons; or
d) The provision of housing, and/or related support services, to persons with special needs including, but not limited to: disabled persons, elderly, persons with HIV/AIDS, or persons/families at or near the poverty level.
3. The provision of a suitable living environment through improving public safety or the revitalization of neighborhoods. Such activities may promote access to public facilities or services, the restoration or preservation of historic or architecturally significant properties, or the preservation of energy/water resources.
PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS
The City of Kent will review and consider proposals for inclusion in the City’s proposed PY 2009 CDBG funding allocation from interested neighborhood planning groups, social service agencies, community agencies, and other groups or interested persons. Eligible applicants must complete their proposals on the attached application and submit a completed copy to the address listed on the first page of the application. All applications must be received on or before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Faxed copies of either the application or one or more of any attachments will not be considered.