City of Pittsfield Seeks Public Input on Draft Annual Action Plan

On Monday, April 11 the City of Pittsfield’s Department of Community Development will release the draft Annual Action Plan for public comment. The plan outlines how federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be used to address housing and community development needs for the 2017 fiscal year.

Copies of the draft 2017 Annual Action Plan will be available for public review at the City’s Department of Community Development at City Hall. A copy of the draft document will also be posted to the City’s website at Community Development, in conjunction with the City Council’s subcommittee on Community and Economic Development, will hold a public hearing April 21 on its Community Development Block Grant program budget and draft 2017 Annual Action Plan. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

The hearing is part of a 30-day public review process that is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides an opportunity for public review and comment on the draft plan. Through what HUD terms an entitlement grant, HUD provides the City with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding on an annual basis.

The draft Action Plan proposed budget of $1.486 million consists of $1.145 million in new CDBG funds and $341,059 in expected program income and reprogrammed funds. The 30-day public review and comment period runs from Monday, April 11 until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. The final 2017 Annual Action Plan will be submitted to HUD after the conclusion of the 30-day public comment period.

Community Development has proposed using CDBG money during the upcoming 2017 fiscal year for projects that include public facilities, removal of architectural barriers, public services, housing rehabilitation, economic development, clearance, planning activities, and administrative costs. 

If residents are unable to attend the public hearing, they may submit their written comments to the Pittsfield Department of Community Development at any time during the 30-day comment period at or by mail to the Department of Community Development, 70 Allen Street, Room 205, Pittsfield, MA, 01201. Persons with special needs should contact the Pittsfield Department of Community Development at (413) 499-9368 or TTY (413) 499-9340 prior to the public hearing and every effort will be made to accommodate their requests.