January 4, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applications Due on January 14
KINGSTON, N.Y. – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the availability of applications for the 2019 Fiscal Year Community Development Block Grant. Eligible entities are encouraged to apply for the funding, which is administered by the City of Kingston’s Office of Economic and Community Development and made available by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Grant. Applications are due January 14, 2019 to be considered for the 2019 Community Development Block Grant (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020).
The goal of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities through:
• Economic Development
• Elimination of Slums and Blight
• Expansion of Community Services
• Neighborhood Revitalization
The primary objective of the CDBG program is to benefit persons of low and moderate income. By regulation, the City must allocate at least 70% of its annual CDBG funding on activities that benefit persons of low and moderate income, households, and neighborhoods.
Each year, the City of Kingston is awarded an estimated $600,000. Funds have been used to support such activities as youth and adult literacy programs, arts and music education, initiatives to address food insecurity, after school and summer programs at the City’s community centers, facility improvements at the City’s parks and local helping organizations, and home repairs through the City’s Housing Rehabilitation program.
“Over the past three years, we have used this funding to enhance the quality and affordability of housing, support educational, recreational and support services for youth and families, and improve our public facilities,” said Mayor Noble. “With funding continuing to dwindle each year, we are looking for community partners who can leverage these funds to create and sustain effective and accessible opportunities for our youth and families throughout Kingston.”
Public feedback regarding projects or program priorities you would like to see included in the Consolidated Plan or Annual Action Plan are also accepted at the City's Office of Economic & Community Development at any time until January 14, 2019.
About the process:
The Mayor, the Economic & Community Development Director, the Common Council’s Community Development Committee, and the Community Development Advisory Board review all submitted applications for adherence to HUD eligibility requirements and alignment with the City’s Consolidated Plan. The Mayor takes into consideration the public comments and recommendations of the Board and then offers a final recommendation to the Common Council. Prior to the Council’s vote, the recommended slate of projects is published in The Daily Freeman followed by a thirty-day public review and comment period. After the comment period, the Common Council votes on the annual slate of activities and the Community Development Director submits the final plan to HUD for approval in May.
Questions can be directed to Brenna Robinson, Office of Economic & Community Development at (845) 334-3924 or [email protected].
More information, important dates & timeline can be found here: https://kingston-ny.gov/filestorage/8399/8469/8547/2019_CDBG_app.pdf