CDBG CARES Act Funding and 2019 Action Plan Amendment
In response to combating the effects of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated special Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Entitlement Entities. The City of Ashland will receive $104,079 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement funds to be used to prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19. This allocation was authorized in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by President Trump on March 27, in response to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis. The CARES Act made available $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds.
The City of Ashland will receive $104,079 in Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding to allocate to activities that address COVID-19 related community needs. A Substantial Amendment to the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan is required, and usually a thirty (30) day public comment period is required however, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has waived this requirement provided that no less than five (5) days are provided for public comments on each substantial amendment.
The CDBG-CV funds allocated under the CARES Act may be used for a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The proposed activities must meet one of the three National Objectives as required by CDBG regulation:
Benefit low-and moderate income persons
Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, and
Meet an urgent need
In addition, and for the purpose of an expedited use of the CDBG-CV funding, the bill eliminates the cap on the amount of funds a grantee can spend on public services, removes the requirement to hold in-person public hearings in order to comply with national and local social gather requirements, and allows grantees to be reimbursed for COVID-19 response activities regardless of the date the costs were incurred. The bill also allows grantees to apply the waiver of statutory regulations to 2019 and 2020 CDBG allocations.
The Amended CDBG 2019 Annual Action Plan describes how these funds will be spent locally. Community development programs recommended for funding in the Amended 2019 CDBG Action Plan include public service programs administered by Options for Helping Residents of Ashland to provide emergency temporary housing for high risk/health impaired homeless individuals and families, as well as providing meals to homeless and low-income households in conjunction with Peace House.
Public comments are encouraged and should be submitted to Linda Reid, Housing Program Specialist for the City of Ashland at email@example.com. The Public Comment Period runs from Friday, April 17 through Wednesday, April 22.
The City of Ashland is a recognized Entitlement Entity under HUD and is listed to receive an award of CDBG funds to allocate towards activities focused on COVID-19. The City of Ashland will be accepting proposals through a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals process to meet an identified urgent need due to COVID-19. Information about that process will be posted on the City's CDBG-CV page.
Please contact Linda Reid, City of Ashland Housing Program Specialist if you have questions or concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org