Public Hearing Notice - Community Development Block Grant (Small Cities) Program - February 10, 2020

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Simsbury will conduct a public hearing by the Board of Selectmen on Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 6:05p.m. in the Main Meeting Room at Town Hall located at 933 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT to discuss the Fiscal Year 2020 Community Development Block Grant program and to solicit citizen input.

Maximum award limits: $1,500,000 for Public Housing Modernization (including predevelopment and construction); $800,000 for a Housing Rehabilitation Program; $1,000,000 for Infrastructure (e.g., streets and sidewalks); $350,000 for Public Services (Youth Homelessness and Shelter Diversion programs in participation with CAN); and $1,000,000 for Public Facilities (e.g., construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of public facilities and improvements and fire protection equipment).

Major activity categories are: Acquisition, Housing Rehabilitation, Public Housing Modernization, Community Facilities, Public Services, and Economic Development. Projects funded with CDBG allocations must carry out at least one of three National Objectives: benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, elimination of slums and blight, or meeting urgent community development needs.

The purpose of the public hearing is to obtain citizen’s views on the Town’s community development and housing needs and review and discuss specific project activities in the areas of housing, economic development or community facilities which could be part of the Town’s Application for funding for the year 2020.  In addition, the Town’s current 2017 Small Cities grant under the Public Housing Modernization will be discussed to obtain citizen input on it.

Also, the public hearing will be to give citizens an opportunity to make their comments known on the program and for approval of the Program Income Reuse Plan.  If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may direct written comments to Melissa Appleby at the Town of Simsbury, Town Manager’s Office, 933 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 or you may telephone (860) 658-3230.  In addition, information may be obtained at the above address between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, and between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.

The Town Manager’s Office on behalf of the Town of Simsbury anticipates applying for a grant amount of up to $1,500,000 under the Public Housing Modernization.

The Town of Simsbury promotes fair housing and makes all programs available to low- and moderate-income households regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, lawful source of income, familial status, learning disability or physical/mental disability, or sexual orientation.

All are encouraged to attend.  The hearing is accessible to the handicapped.  Any disabled persons requiring special assistance or non-English speaking persons should contact Melissa Appleby, ADA Coordinator at (860) 658-3230 at least five days prior to the hearing.

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