UPDATE: Due to the severe weather forecast, the City of Kingston Community Development’s Public Hearing
is rescheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm. The new
location will be at Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster (KCSU), 94 Mary’s Ave., Room
# 104. For further assistance, please contact Amee Peterson, [email protected] or
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2019
Fair Housing Plan Public Hearing to be held on February 12, 2019
KINGSTON, NY -- The City of Kingston will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, as a part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, to identify fair and affordable housing and community development needs in the City. All citizens, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend and provide comment on community needs and concerns regarding our CDBG funding, housing, homelessness, gentrification, employment, or other social issues.
Annually, Kingston’s Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) receives a CDBG Entitlement Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City anticipates receiving approximately $670,000 in CDBG Program funds for 2019. The funds are intended to assist in providing a suitable living environment, decent housing, and expanding economic opportunities for low to moderate income persons in our community.
The public hearing comments should address public facilities improvements, programs and services that are needed to support Kingston residents, including whether citizens are experiencing segregation or discrimination in housing or employment; difficulties in finding decent, safe and affordable housing in the City and, if so, any recommendations for addressing these issues.
As a condition of receiving the grant, HUD requires the City of Kingston OECD to prepare a Five-Year Consolidated Plan describing the City's community and housing needs, along with a Strategic Plan for addressing those needs. The City’s new Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will include a Fair Housing Plan, will cover the next five years, from 2019 to 2023. HUD also requires the City to prepare an Annual Action Plan describing how each year's expected funding will be used toward the goals laid out in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The 2019 Action Plan must outline proposed activities that the City and its sub-recipients will carry out during the City’s 2019 Program Year, which begins July 1, 2019.
At the public hearing, consultants from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin will give a presentation to describe the process for the development of our 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The presentation will detail how the plan is used, and the importance of public input on how to spend our CDBG funds to best address the needs of City residents.
Comments can also be submitted by phone, in person, mail or email to Amee Peterson (845-334-3960, [email protected]). Spanish language translation services will be available upon request by calling the OECD at 845-334-3924, at least seven days prior to the public hearing.
February 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Kingston City Hall Council Chambers
420 Broadway, Kingston, NY