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Notice Of Public Hearing And 30-Day Public Review

City Of Albuquerque Notice Of Public Hearing And 30-Day Public Review For The Draft 2018 - 2022 Consolidated Plan And 2018-2019 Action Plan Funding From The U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development (Hud)

Notice is hereby given that the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Department of Family & Community Services has prepared its draft Consolidated Plan for 2018-2022 and draft Action Plan for 2018-2019. The City of Albuquerque Department of Family & Community Services invites you to attend a public hearing and presentation of the draft 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan and draft 2018-2019 Action Plan at a public hearing to be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. The public hearing will be held at Barelas Community Center, 801 Barelas Rd., SW, 87102, Classroom B. For individuals with disabilities who need assistance to benefit from the public hearing, please call Rick Giron at (505) 768-2968 or (TTY) 1-800-659-8331. 

The Consolidated Plan analyzes data and information supplied by residents and stakeholders to determine the short- and long-term needs of the community and provides a strategy for the investment of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from HUD in addition to other local funds to address community development, affordable housing, homelessness and other needs in Albuquerque. The City estimates receiving a total of $19,875,000 of CDBG funds, $7,625,000 of HOME funds and $1,750,000 of ESG funds during the five-year period of the Consolidated Plan beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2023. These funds may be used for activities including but not limited to public facilities and infrastructure improvements, affordable housing development and preservation, public social services, economic development, homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing, program administration and other activities necessary to affirmatively further fair housing choice. 

The Action Plan serves as the City’s grant application to HUD. This document includes specific activities to be undertaken with CDBG, HOME, ESG funds and other local funds in furtherance of the Consolidated Plan strategies during the program year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Family & Community Services proposes its 2018-2019 Action Plan budget for the first year of funding under the City’s 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan. Estimated funding from HUD includes $3,973,569 of CDBG funding; $115,000 of CDBG program income; $8,184,171 of prior year(s) CDBG funding; $1,524,705 of HOME funding; $1,128,908 of HOME program income; $4,599,588 of prior year(s) HOME funding; and $350,052 of ESG funding. The Action Plan will also include $2,988,885 of Albuquerque General funds and $4,565,154 of Workforce Housing Trust Funds.

Copies of the combined draft 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan and 2018-2019 Action Plan document will be available for public review and inspection from February 21, 2018 through March 23, 2018. Copies of the document will be available on the City of Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Service’s website under the “Publications” heading at http://www.cabq.gov/family/documents/publications. A reasonable number of printed copies are also available at no charge at the Department of Family and Community Services, Old City Hall Building, 400 Marquette NW, 5th Floor, Room 504, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Additionally, the draft 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan and 2018-2019 Action Plan document can be provided in alternative formats (i.e., Braille/large print, audio tape) for the disabled and may also be translated into Spanish for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Spanish speaking persons, upon request.

A statutory 30-day public comment period will begin on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and end on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM. All residents, property owners, persons with disabilities, immigrants, seniors, low-income persons, children and youth, homeless persons, and other stakeholders of the City of Albuquerque are encouraged to submit written comments or questions regarding the draft 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan or the draft 2018-2019 Action Plan to Rick Giron, Department of Family & Community Services, located at Old City Hall Building, 400 Marquette NW, 5th Floor, Room 504, Albuquerque, NM 87103 or by email to [email protected].

The draft 2018-2019 Action Plan includes proposed funding for the following projects:

  • COA Administration – Administration Funding: CDBG: $817,713.80; HOME: $306,470.50; ESG: $26,239.82. This includes funding to support the implementation of the City’s 2018 Action Plan, such as salaries and wages. 
  • Affordable Housing Development – Rental – CDBG: $3,258,236.20; HOME: $5,835,795.90; Workforce Housing Trust Fund: $4,565,154. Projects funded under this category will provide assistance to develop affordable housing units for low- and moderate-income households, either through development or acquisition and rehabilitation. 
  • Affordable Housing Preservation – Rental – CDBG: $3,622,510. Projects funded under this category will provide for repair and rehabilitation of rental housing units. Assisted properties shall be occupied by low- and moderate-income residents and shall charge affordable rents. 
  • Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) Operating – Operating Funding: HOME: $76,234.60. This includes funds for eligible CHDO(s) to assist with operating costs incurred implementing housing activities.
  • Affordable Housing Preservation – Ownership – CDBG: $1,000,000. Projects funded under this category will provide emergency minor home repairs to low-income owner-occupied dwellings to increase sustainable housing opportunities. Additionally, projects funded under this category will provide disability retrofit modifications.
  • Affordable Homeownership Assistance – CDBG: $480,000. Projects funded under this category will provide deferred loans as homebuyer assistance to low- and moderate-income households in order to make purchasing a home in Albuquerque affordable.
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance – HOME: $1,034,700. Projects funded under this category will serve specific high priority populations including those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness and residents with special needs. 
  • Homelessness Intervention and Rapid Rehousing – CDBG: $426,280; ESG: $323,812.18; General Fund: $2,903,885.73. Projects under this category work to increase affordable housing opportunities and increase services for “at-risk” populations by providing emergency motel vouchers, emergency shelter services, transitional housing opportunities and permanent supportive housing opportunities to populations experiencing homelessness. Programs funded under this category will also provide rental and utility assistance for a period up to 3 consecutive months in order to prevent homelessness, provide a range of health and dental services to low- and moderate-income homeless residents.
  • Public Facilities and Improvements – CDBG: $2,500,000. Projects to receive funding include Dennis Chavez Community Center ($250,000), John Marshall Health and Social Service Center ($250,000), public infrastructure improvements that could include Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to public infrastructure and street lighting ($1,000,000), and the purchase of two Fire Engines to serve low- and moderate-income neighborhoods ($1,000,000). The public facilities projects will improve and/or expand existing facilities serving low- and moderate-income residents. The public infrastructure improvements project will provide accessibility for severely disabled adults at locations throughout the City. The Fire Engines project is contingent upon determination of eligibility and need by the Department of Family and Community Services. In the event that the Department determines not to recommend the inclusion of the Fire Engines project in the final Action Plan that is submitted to HUD, the $1,000,000 of CDBG funds shall be used to assist the Affordable Housing Development – Rental project.
  • Public Services for Children and Youth – CDBG: $68,000. Programs funded under this category will provide services for children and youth including but not limited to child development services, case management for homeless children and their families, childcare and services concerned with health, education and recreation.
  • Public Services for Senior Citizens – CDBG: $100,000. Programs funded under this category will provide services for senior citizens including but not limited to nutrition, health and recreation.
  • Fair Housing Services – General Fund: $85,000. Programs funded under this category will provide landlord-tenant education and mediation and fair housing education and training.

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 this spending plan and comment on it in writing until 5:00 PM on Friday, March 23, 2018. 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 on May 17, 2018 or at a later date as directed by HUD. Final funding levels for projects included in the Action Plan that is submitted to HUD may differ from the proposed funding listed above, which are based on estimates of the 2018 grant amounts to be awarded by HUD. Funding levels will be adjusted proportionally among projects to account for any increase or decrease in funding availability. The public will be notified of the availability of the final Action Plan that includes final project funding amounts. The final Consolidated Plan and Action Plan 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].