City revising CDBG annual action plan, public comment period open through April 6
The city is revising the annual action plan for the Community Development Block Grant program and the public comment period is open through April 6.
The plan was published in October and as revised, the amended plan is part of the consolidated plan for the city’s CDBG program for fiscal years 2015-2019.
The proposed amendments would remove projects from the annual action plan. Those projects are:
- Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc- Affordable Housing Construction
- Great Falls Development Authority- Job Creation
- Habitat for Humanity
- Opportunities Inc. – Roof
- Paris Gibson Square – ADA Bathroom
- Rural Dynamics, Inc.- Rent Reporting
The city proposes adding a stipulation in their place that states, “if necessary, un-programmed funds and revolving loan funds will be expended if the city becomes at risk of being non-compliant with the regulatory timeliness requirements for its Community Development Block Grant funds.”
The public comment period opened last week and runs through April 6.
Comments on the proposed amendments are requested in writing by 5 p.m. April 6 at Civic Center Planning & Community Development Department, 2 Park Drive South, Great Falls, MT 59403 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed amendments are available for review from March 7 to April 6 on the City of Great Falls website and at the following two public locations: Great Falls Public Library, 301 2nd Avenue North and Planning and Community Development Department, Civic Center, Room 112.
The changes come after the U.S. Department of Housing and Development declined funding for Paris Gibson Square and determined that GFDA, NeighborWorks Great Falls, Habitat for Humanity and Rural Dynamics.
Issues related to conflicts of interest on both the Community Development Council and the City Commission plagued the process last year and the city is still working with HUD to resolve the issues. The city is currently revising the entire CDBG process.