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

Funding From The U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development (Hud) Notice Of 30-Day Public Comment Period Publication Date: January 27, 2017

Notice is hereby given that the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico proposes to amend its 2016 Annual Action Plan, the fourth year of the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan.   This Third Substantial Amendment proposed by the City of Albuquerque, Department of Family and Community Services (FCS), to delete $193,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding allocated to Community Dental Services to provide comprehensive dental services to medically indigent persons residing within the City of Albuquerque.  This activity was funded with City funds, while the federal funds originally allocated has not yet been reprogrammed for another activity.

A statutory, 30-day public comment period will begin on Saturday, January 28, 2017 and end on Monday, February 27, 2017 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 Third Substantial Amendment to the 2016 Annual Action Plan to Rick Giron, 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, is available for public review weekdays between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM at the office 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 the City office located above, as are copies in alternate 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 delete a sub recipient, Community Dental, of $193,000 in the public services activity.  This activity was funded with City funds, while the federal funds originally allocated has not yet been reprogrammed for another activity.

Fiscal Impact:

There is no fiscal impact.  The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determines the amount of CDBG funds that the City of Albuquerque receives each year.  The proposed change to the Annual Action Plan through this amendment will not affect the total amount of funding and will only involve a change of method of distribution of funds.

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 CDBG allocation to the City of Albuquerque is $3,888,280.  Projects under this activity provide public services for vulnerable populations.

Background:

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

CDBG Funding:

The program change includes:

A change in the method of distribution of funds to allow the City Department of Family and Community Services to an activity that would fund Community Dental Services, in the amount of $193,000.  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 Third Substantial Amendment to 2016 Annual Action Plan and comment on it in writing, until 5:00 PM on Monday, February 27, 2017.  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 Third Substantial Amendment to HUD.