The City of Ashland has been fortunate to receive a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds that will be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis. The CARES Act will provide an additional allocation of CDBG funding totaling $293,820 in Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding to allocate to activities that address COVID-19 related community needs over two separate disbursements. The first disbursement was awarded in March of 2020 and was $104,079. The second disbursement was $189,741 and was awarded in September 2020.
A Substantial Amendment to the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan is required for any newly funded activities, 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. 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.
This webpage will be updated as information becomes available such as CDBG-CV eligible activities and the City's anticipated distribution/use of funding.
This link provided examples of CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response.
Below is link to the amended 2019 Action Plan for the Use of CDBG funds. This document details the activities that the City is currently undertaking to address COVID-19 related issues with CDBG funding. This amendment is updated with newly funded activities periodically. The amendments are underlined and bolded.