In accordance with 24 CFR 91.05(c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the City of Independence, Mo is making an amendment to the 2017-2021 Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan (Consolidated Plan) available to the public through this notice.
Public Comment Period and Process:
This Consolidated Plan amendment is available for a 5-day public review and comment period from April 27, 2020 to May 2, 2020. Citizens wishing to submit written comments during the public review and comment period may mail them, postmarked no later than May 2, 2020, to the following:
City of Independence
Community Development Department
Attention: Cheryl Montenguise, Development Specialist
111 E. Maple Ave
Independence, Mo 64050
You may also email comments no later than May 2, 2020 to Ms. Montenguise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an amendment to the 2017-2021 Consolidated Plan for Independence, Mo to enable the City of Independence, Mo to receive and administer $478,943 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Additional CDBG funding made available to the City by HUD through the CARES Act is unknown as this time but will be used for the same purpose of the initial allocations indicated above which is to prevent the spread of coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) and facilitate assistance to eligible communities, households, and persons economically impacted by COVID-19. In addition, the City plans to reprogram up to 20% of FY 2019-2020 HOME funding as needed to respond to COVID-19. FY 2020-2021 CDBG funds already allocated to the City may also be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible CDBG activities include, but are not limited to, assisting low- and moderate-income households with rental assistance for no more than three months, grab and go/delivery meal programs, business assistance to retain employees that are low- and moderate-income, and support of other COVID-19 response services.
Further, eligible CDBG costs incurred as of March 27, 2020, which is the date in which President Trump signed the CARES Act, and paid for with nonfederal funds may be repaid with CDBG funding, including those made under the CARES Act. These pre-award costs will meet all HUD requirements applicable to CDBG, including those under the CARES Act. Unless waived by HUD, CDBG pre-award costs for FY 2020-2021 will not exceed 25% of the grant and will be used for the CDBG eligible activities as indicated above.
Public notices regarding future amendments to the Consolidated Plan will be printed in local newspapers and posted online on the City’s website at www.ci.independence.mo.org. Specific activities using CDBG funding under the CARES Act will not require a 5-day public comment period but will be posted on the City website.
Lastly, as part of this amendment, the City has revised the Consolidated Plan’s Citizen Participation Plan to include the 5-day comment period as indicated above as well as to make other changes. The revised Citizen Participation Plan is available for review on the City website at https://www.ci.independence.mo.us/ComDev/CDBG.
Background on the Consolidated Plan:
The Consolidated Plan describes the housing and community development needs, as well as activities to address those needs through the City of Independence Program, as defined and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As required by HUD, the Consolidated Plan brings together, in one (1) consolidated submission, the planning and application aspects of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs. The City Program’s geographic area will be city-wide. More information on the Consolidated Plan is available on the City’s website at https://www.ci.independence.mo.us/ComDev/CDBG.