How to Comment on the CDBG Plan (deadline is midnight on Jan. 25!)

CITY OF NEW YORK
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT-DISASTER RECOVERY
NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTION PLAN AMENDMENT  

The City of New York has completed a proposed amendment to its plan for the $3.22 billion in Federal disaster aid to help with recovery from Hurricane Sandy. The proposed CDBG–DR Action Plan Amendment 5 contains the following updates:

  • Updates funding amounts for programs to reflect second allocation of CDBG-DR funds to New York City
  • Reflects revisions to the Citizen Participation Plan
  • Revises key information contained within program descriptions and program start and ends dates to reflect updated information and timelines in all areas
  • Updates need assessment in all areas
  • Other non-substantial updates for all areas

Housing

  • Revises several Housing program descriptions to better define program eligibility, objectives, and priorities
  • Clarifies the treatment of single family (1-4 units) and multi-family (5 or more units) buildings under the Build it Back program
  • Provides additional information about the acquisition and reimbursement options under the Build it Back program

Business

  • Reallocates $100 million from across the four Business programs to Housing
  • Reallocates $60 million from the Building Mitigation Incentive Program (renamed the Residential Building Mitigation Program) to the Building Resiliency Investment Program
  • Revises the Business Resiliency Investment Program description to better define program eligibility, objectives, and priorities

Infrastructure and Other City Services

  • Revises existing projects within Infrastructure and Other City Services and identifies new specific projects within Rehabilitation / Reconstruction of Public Facilities
  • Identifies major infrastructure projects (defined as Covered Projects) and further details the City’s response to impacts to public infrastructure

Resilience

  • Reallocates $60 million from the Building Mitigation Incentive Program (renamed the Residential Building Mitigation Program) to the Building Resiliency Investment Program
  • Revises the Residential Building Mitigation Program description to better define program eligibility, objectives, and priorities
  • Reallocates funding within Resilience Planning and Administration sections 

Citywide Administration and Planning

  • Reallocates funds between Citywide Planning and Administration.

 The comment period on the proposed CDBG-DR Action Plan Amendment 5 is now open. Comments must be received no later than January 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST).

The proposed CDBG-DR Action Amendment 5 and the public commenting forms are available on http://www.nyc.gov/cdbg. Individuals will be able to read the amendment and the currently approved Action Plan and comment on the amendment in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese (simplified). The online materials will also be accessible for the visually impaired.
 
Paper copies of the Action Plan Amendment 5, including in large print format (18pt font size), are available at the following address in both English and the languages listed above:
 

New York City Office of Management and Budget
255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor Reception Area
New York, New York 10007

 

 

 

Comment by Internet

For official comments on the CDBG-DR amendment

http://www.nyc.gov/html/cdbg/html/plan/action_form.shtml

For questions and comments that will not be added to the official comments for the document.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/cdbg/html/contact/contact.shtml

Written comments
Written comments may be directed to Calvin Johnson, Assistant Director, CDBG-DR, NYC Office of Management and Budget, 255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10007.

Comments by telephone

Comments may be provided by telephone by contacting 311, New York City’s main source of government information and non-emergency services. Dial 311 or (212) NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) from outside New York City. For more information on how people with disabilities can access and comment on the Action Plan Amendment, dial 311 or, using a TTY or Text Telephone, (212) 504-4115.
 
Public Hearings will be held regarding Action Plan Amendment 5. The public hearings will take place at the locations and times listed below. Hearings are subject to change so call 311 or check nyc.gov for the most updated information. 

January 14, 2014 from 7-9pm
CYO Building at Mount Loretto
6581 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island

January 15, 2014 from 7-9pm
Knights of Columbus (Rockaway Park) 333 Beach 90th Street, Queens

January 16, 2014 from 7-9pm
Sheepshead Bay High School
3000 Avenue X, Brooklyn

 
At the end of the comment period, all comments shall be reviewed and a City response will be incorporated into the City’s Responses to Public Comments document. A summary of the comments and the City’s responses will be submitted to HUD in the final CDBG-DR Action Plan Amendment 5. The revised Action Plan Amendment 5 including the public comments and responses will be posted on the City’s CDBG-DR website at http://www.nyc.gov/cdbg.

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