COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Community Development Block Grant
Request to set Public Hearing
Bob Tucker, Roxanne White, Larry Davis, Ron White
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
December 14, 2005
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the federal Community Development Block Grant for non-entitlement jurisdictions. Albemarle County is designated as such and is eligible to apply for funding through a competitive application for eligible community development activities. Prior to making an application, two public hearings must be conducted. The first hearing, for which this request is made, 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.
Goal 3.2: Promote a variety of safe, sanitary and affordable housing types.
DHCD anticipates that approximately $8.6 million will be available in competitive grants for 2006. Albemarle County could apply for one or more projects that 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 Park’s 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 apartments’ management office. The center is meeting the outcome measures of providing after-school programs to 42 children, GED training to adults, and job and business start-up training. Albemarle County will start a Homebuyers Club at Park’s Edge in the spring of 2006.
An application for CDBG funding would be completed by Housing Office staff and staff of the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program. Specific projects may require some type of local commitment including a possible monetary contribution. Until a project is identified, the commitment and budget impact would not be known.
Staff recommends setting a public hearing for January 11, 2006 to provide information on available funding and receive public input on potential projects.
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