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File #: 20-381    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Public Hearing
File created: 6/22/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 7/15/2020 Final action:
Title: Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). To review the County’s intention to apply for Federal funds from the Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID and Program Years (PY) 2020-2021 Allocation Programs. Albemarle County proposes to utilize the requested funds to carry out the following activities for the CDBG-COVID program: Approximately $615,000 for rental assistance, $248,000 for mortgage assistance, $90,000 for housing counseling services, and $456,000 for emergency shelter hotel space for persons experiencing homelessness. For the PY2020-2021 Allocation Program, Albemarle County proposes the following uses: Approximately $35,000 in planning grant funds for housing rehabilitation in Esmont, $15,000 in planning grant funds to support permanent affordable homeownership through a community land trust, $700,000 competitive grant for housing rehabilitation in Esmont, and $550,000 competitive grant to assist moving homeless persons into permanent housing.
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Resolution, 2. Att.B - Letter of Intent, 3. Att.C - Summary of CDBG-COVID Funding Requests, 4. Att.D - Full CDBG Proposal Applications
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AGENDA DATE: 7/15/2020

Virginia Community Development Block Grant

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Public hearing for proposed submission of applications for CDBG Grants Funding

ITEM TYPE: Regular Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Kamptner, Filardo, Pethia

PRESENTER (S): Stacy Pethia


REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: The Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a Federally funded grant program administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Since 1982, the DHCD has provided funding to eligible units of local government (in non-entitlement communities only) for projects that address critical community needs, including housing, infrastructure, and economic development. The CDBG application process requires two local public hearings be conducted. At the first public hearing with the Board on May 20, 2020, information was provided on eligible activities that may be funded by the CDBG program, the amount of funding estimated to be available, past activities undertaken with CDBG funds, and the process for applying for funding. No public comments were received during this hearing. The purpose of this public hearing is to provide information on the proposed project applications and to accept public comment on these applications.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Quality Government Operations: Ensure County government's capacity to provide high quality service that achieves community priorities.

DISCUSSION: Following the first CDBG public hearing held on May 20th, staff solicited proposals for potential CDBG projects in Albemarle County. Proposals were accepted for CDBG Planning Grants, Competitive Grants, or Urgent Need Open Submission Grants utilizing state CARES Act CDBG funding. The application form noted that priority will be given to projects or programs addressing a COVID-19 related community need. Proposals were due by 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2020 via an onlin...

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