On Friday, April 10th, the City’s Department of Community Development will release the draft plan outlining the City’s housing and community development needs and the strategies that will be used to address these needs over the next five years. The Department has also prepared a draft budget for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds during Fiscal Year 2016, which begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2016.
The City of Pittsfield’s Department of Community Development in conjunction with the City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall. This public hearing provides an opportunity for public review and comment on the draft five-year Consolidated Plan including Department of Community Development’s draft CDBG budget for the 2016 fiscal year.
The preparation of the Consolidated Plan, including the fiscal year 2016 Annual Action Plan, is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides approximately $1.13 million annually to Pittsfield in the form of Community Development Block Grant funds. In addition to being available on-line at the City’s website, www.cityofpittsfield.org, draft copies of the Consolidated Plan will also be available for public review at the Department of Community Development. The required 30-day public comment and review period ends May 9, 2015.
This year’s draft budget totals $1.576 million and includes:
- $1.139 million in FY 16 CDBG entitlement
- $140,000 in program income expected to be received during the year from projects funded by grants and loans from HUD; and
- $72,697 in reprogrammed funds which includes funds previously budgeted for use by projects which did not use the full amount of allocated funds.
The proposed fiscal year 2016 budget represents level funding allocated to the City’s core programs of housing rehabilitation, sidewalk reconstruction, public services, economic development, and demolition of vacant buildings.
Mayor Bianchi stated, “CDBG funds are the primary funding source available to communities to address homelessness, special needs populations, and housing needs. We greatly appreciate the efforts HUD is making to try and preserve funding for CDBG and other HUD programs. I encourage residents to comment on the draft, community involvement is key.”
The Department of Community Development is responsible for planning, housing and community and economic development activities in the city and is the City’s designated lead agency for the administration of the CDBG program.
Community Development Block Grant Program Proposed Consolicated Plan FY 2016-2020 and Annual Action Plan FY 2016 - Notice of Public Comment Period and Public Hearing