PUBLIC NOTICE
Notice of Proposed Substantial Amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan, Public Hearings, and Public Comment Period

The March 27, 2020 passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, provides $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds used to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID19.

The City, a CDBG entitlement community, received $379,956 in CDBG-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds, CDBG-CV1, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in April 2020. The City received an additional allocation of $441,324 in CDBG-CV3 funds from the HUD in September 2020. The City's cumulative amount for all CDBG-CV allocation rounds is $821,280.

Due to the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act authorized HUD to grant waivers to the public notice, public comments, and citizen participation plan requirements found in 24 CFR 91.105(c)(2) and (k), 91.115(c)(2) and (i) and 24 CFR 91.401. The CARES Act allows for an expedited comment period of not less than five days, which can run concurrently for comments on a Consolidated and Annual Action Plan amendment.

In light of this additional funding and increasing needs in the Auburn community, the City is making a substantial amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan to allocate $441,324 in CDBG-CV3 funds and update related sections.

The City is requesting to allocate CDBG-CV3 funds as follows:

#, Project Name, Funding Amounts:

1, CV-Food Bank/Pantry Programs, $248,060; 3, CV-Youth Supportive Services, $25,000;
4, CV-Senior Supportive Services, $25,000;
5, V-Family Supportive Services, $55,000;

5, CV-Program Administration, $88,264;

Total, $441,324

All projects funded with CDBG-CV funds are required to benefit low- and moderate-income residents and shall assist with needs related to preventing, preparing for, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of this advertisement is to notify the public of the proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment #2, public hearings, and a public comment period.

An essential component of determining the need for government action is to obtain input from the local public, emphasizing involvement by low- and moderate-income persons. The City recognizes that citizen involvement in the CDBG program planning and development is essential. Therefore, the City is accepting written comments on this proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment #2, beginning Thursday, November 5, 2020, and ending at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The public may submit their written comments to Ashley Thomas, RE: 2019 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment #2 Public Input, Community Services Department, 400 Boykin Street, Auburn, Alabama;

E-mail: athomas@auburnalabama.org; Fax: (334) 501-7288.

The CARES Act permits virtual public hearings when necessary for public health reasons if citizens are provided reasonable notification and grant access to participate. Therefore, the City will hold virtual public hearings to allow citizens to receive information and make comments as follows:

Date of Public Hearing(s):
Monday, November 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The City will post the Zoom registration information at https://www.auburnalabama.org/coronavirus/meeting-updates/

An executive summary of the proposed amendments to the 2019 Annual Action Plan is available for public review at auburnalabama.org/community-development/resources.

For additional information, contact Ashley Thomas at (334) 501-7280 or athomas@auburnalabama.org.

Citizens requiring accommodations to participate in the meeting(s) should notify the City’s Community Services Department by phone (334-501-7280), via email at athomas@auburnalabama.org, or by mail (400 Boykin Street, Auburn, Alabama 36832), no later than Thursday, November 12, 2020, for the accommodation to be considered.

The Villager November 5, 2020

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