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City Of Albuquerque Notice Of Proposed Substantial Amendment To The City Of Albuquerque 2016 Annual Action Plan

From the u.S. Department of housing and urban development (HUD) notice of 30-day public comment period publication date: June 5, 2016

Notice is hereby given that the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico proposes to amend its 2016 Annual Action Plan, the 4th year of the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan.   This Substantial Amendment proposes to allow a non-profit affordable housing agency, Family Housing Development Corp. (FHDC), to use $1.9 million in Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding to construct thirty-two units of multi-family rental housing on the Casa Grande site, located at 2412 and 2424 Central SW, of which twenty-four units are designated for persons at or below 80% area median income (AMI).  In its original 2016 Action Plan, the City did not name a specific agency to develop this property, nor did it cite a specific amount of funding; therefore by this amendment, the City is naming this project in its 2016 Action Plan and proposes to reprogram older HOME funds from prior years’ housing activities.

A statutory, 30-day public comment period will begin on Monday, June 6, 2016, and end on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM.  All residents, property owners, persons with disabilities, immigrants, seniors, low-income, children and youth, homeless persons, and other stakeholders of the City of Albuquerque are encouraged to submit written comments or questions regarding the proposed Substantial Amendment to the 2016 Annual Action Plan to Valerie Bargas, Community Development Manager, Department of Family and Community Services, located at Old City Hall, 400 Marquette NW, 5th Floor, Room 504, Albuquerque, NM 87102, or email at [email protected]

A copy of the 2016 Annual Action Plan, as well as the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan are available for public review weekdays between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM at the offices of the Department of Family and Community Services, at the above mentioned location or available anytime on the City of Albuquerque website at: http://www.cabq.gov/family/documents/publications

A reasonable number of free copies are available at City offices located above, as are copies in alternative formats (Braille, large print, etc.) and in Spanish translation, upon request.

Summary:

The City of Albuquerque’s 2016 Annual Action Plan, the fourth year of the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan, requires that this proposed change to the Plan undergo a substantial amendment process.  The substantial amendment must include public participation and a comment period of 30 days.  The City of Albuquerque is proposing to specify in its Substantial Amendment to the 2016 Annual Action Plan that $1.9 million allocated to housing in prior years be used by FHDC for the Casa Grande development, Albuquerque, NM.   This development will include 32 units of multi-family housing of which twenty-four units are designated for persons who are at or below 80% AMI.  This change is required because the 2016 Annual Action Plan did not specify a particular housing developer for this site, nor a specific amount of funding.

Fiscal Impact:

There is no fiscal impact.  The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determines the amount of HOME funds that the City of Albuquerque receives each year.  The proposed change to the 2016 Annual Action Plan through this amendment will not affect the total amount of funding and will only involve naming a specific agency and reprogramming of prior years’ housing activities.

The development of the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan and the 2016 Action Plan provide a foundation for the use of federal and local resources to address community development priorities.  For the fourth year of the Consolidated Plan, the HUD HOME allocation to the City of Albuquerque is $1,512,808.

A City of Albuquerque goal is to increase sustainable housing opportunities.  Projects under this Program also work to increase access to services for vulnerable populations through the rehabilitation, acquisition and/or construction of affordable housing.

Background:

The City of Albuquerque is a HUD/HOME “participating jurisdiction.”  The funds are allocated from HUD directly to the City of Albuquerque and do not pass through the state government.

HOME Funding:

The program change includes:

Naming a specific developer, FHDC, to construct the Casa Grande affordable, multi-family site in the specific amount of $1.9 million in older reprogrammed HOME funds.

All Albuquerque residents, property owners, persons with disabilities, immigrants, seniors, low-income, children and youth, homeless persons, and other stakeholders in Albuquerque are invited to review this proposed Substantial Amendment to 2016 Annual Action Plan and comment on it in writing, until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, July, 5 2016.  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 Substantial Amendment to HUD on or before December 31, 2016.