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City Of Albuquerque Notice Of 30-day Public Comment Period For The Draft 2021 Action Plan Funding From The U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development (HUD)

Notice is hereby given that the City of Albuquerque (COA), New Mexico, Department of Family & Community Services has prepared its Draft 2021 Action Plan. Although, a public hearing to present the Draft 2021 Action Plan was held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the final allocations from HUD were received and funding amounts needed to be adjusted.

The Action Plan serves as the COA’s grant application to HUD. This document includes specific activities to be undertaken with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from HUD and other local funds in furtherance of the Consolidated Plan strategies during the program year beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022. Funding from HUD includes $4,510,222.00 of CDBG funding; $115,000.00 of CDBG program income; $462,159.18 of prior year(s) CDBG funding; $2,045,118.00 of HOME funding; $300,000.00 of HOME program income; $1,799,172.74 of prior year(s) HOME funding; $125,000.00 of HOME Match; $388,357.00 of ESG funding; $44,459.92 of prior year ESG; and $432,816.92 of ESG Match.  The Action Plan will also include $3,050,286.00 in General Funds (GF) and $3,401,335.00 in Workforce Housing Trust Funds (WHTF).

The Draft 2021 Action Plan includes proposed funding for the following projects:

COA Administration- Funding: CDBG $902,044.40, HOME $204,511.80

Funds will be used for administrative costs to support the implementation of the COA’s 2021 Action plan.

CHDO Operating – Funding: HOME $100,000.00

Funds will be provided to one Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) to assist with operating costs incurred implementing housing activities. The CHDO receiving funds is: Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership.

Homeless Intervention and Rapid Rehousing- Funding: ESG $388,357.00, ESG Prior Year $44,459.92, ESG Match $432,816.92, GF $2,821,706.00

Projects under this category will provide services to populations experiencing homelessness by providing emergency shelter services, transitional housing opportunities and permanent supportive housing opportunities. Funds will also be used for administrative costs to support the implementation of these services for the 2021 Action Plan.

Affordable Homeownership Assistance – Funding: CDBG $1,000,000.00, HOME Prior Year $200,000.00

Funds will be provided to Homewise and Sawmill Community Land Trust to assist low to moderate income homebuyers purchase an affordable home. Homewise - $1,000,000.00 CDBG Funds; Sawmill Community Land Trust - $200,000.00 HOME Prior Year Funds.

Affordable Housing Preservation - Homeownership – Funding: CDBG $100,000.00

The City will allocate $100,000 to Prosperity Works to fund a home rehabilitation program that provides energy efficiency improvements to low-income families to help meet local climate goals, improve the air quality and health of residents and reduce the energy burden experienced by some of the City’s most at-risk families.

TBRA- Funding:  Home $411,372.55, HOME Match $125,000.00

Funds will be provided to Enlace for a Tenant Based Rental Assistance Project.  Specific high priority populations will be served with these funds. 

Homeless Dental - Funding: CDBG $229,760.00, GF $67,400.00

Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless will provide a full range of dental services to medically indigent, low and moderate income persons in the City of Albuquerque who are experiencing homelessness with these funds.

Emergency Motel Vouchers - Funding: CDBG $169,086.00, GF $56,180.00

Funds will be provided to four agencies to provide emergency motel vouchers to homeless individuals and families, persons with medical and/or mental health conditions, women, and women with children.  The following agencies will be receiving funding:  Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless - $101,571.00; Hopeworks - $50,000.00; Barrett House - $17,011.00; and First Nations - $56,684.00.

Senior Meals - Funding: CDBG $4,300.00, CDBG Program Income $115,000

The Department of Senior Affairs will receive funds to assist with the program costs to provide congregate meals to low-income seniors.

Early Childhood Services - Funding: CDBG $35,838.00, GF $20,000.00

Cuidando Los Ninos will provide child development services, as well as case management to homeless children and their families with this funding.

Tenant/Landlord Hotline - Funding: GF $75,000.00

Funds will be provided to Legal Aid of New Mexico to provide services for a landlord tenant hotline that will support landlords and tenants to resolve housing related legal issues.

Fair Housing Education/Training – Funding:  GF $10,000.00

The City will administer activities that provide fair housing education and training to housing service providers and members of the public.

Barelas Park Improvements – Funding: CDBG $1,350,000.00

Funds will be provided to the Parks Department to improve/renovate Barelas Park.

Hopeworks Renovation – Funding: CDBG $719,193.60, CDBG Prior Years Funding $462,159.18

Funds will be provided to Hopeworks to improve/renovate the Hopeworks day shelter campus.

Affordable Housing Development – Rental – Funding: HOME $1,329,233.65, HOME Prior Years $1,599,172.74, HOME Program Income $300,000.00

Funds will be provided for the development of a senior rental housing project located on Lot 3, Tract C-1 of Cibola Loop NW.

Affordable Housing Development – Rental/Home Ownership – Funding: WHTF $3,401,335.00

Projects funded under this category will be provided to develop affordable housing units for low and moderate income households, either through development or acquisition and rehabilitation.

All residents, property owners, persons with disabilities, immigrants, seniors, low-income persons, children and youth, homeless persons, and other stakeholders in Albuquerque are invited to review the draft plan and comment on it in writing until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Comments may be submitted to:  [email protected] or Dept. of Family & Community Services, Community Development Division, Attn: Monica Montoya, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103. After receipt of public comments from the 30-day public comment period, the City of Albuquerque will address each comment in writing and will submit all comments and responses in its formal application for funding to HUD by June 11, 2021. The Draft Action Plan, as well as the final submission to HUD, will be posted to the City of Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Service’s website under the “Publications” heading at: http://www.cabq.gov/family/documents/publications.

For more information, please email [email protected].

Albuquerque Journal:  March 14, 2021