PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice of Public Comment Period, Public Hearings, and Availability of 2015–2019 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendments and Amendment to the 2015-2019 Citizen Participation Plan

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 funds to be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID19. As an entitlement community, the City of Auburn (City) received $379,956 in Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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 the Consolidated and Annual Action Plan amendment.

In light of this additional funding and increasing needs in the Auburn community, the City is making substantial amendments to the 2015- 2019 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Annual Action Plan. Those changes include:

• Amending the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan to add COVID-19 Response and Recovery as a priority need, identify Food Bank/Pantry Programs as an annual goal, and allocate $379,956 in CDBG-CV funds.
• Amending the 2019 Annual Action Plan to identify Food Bank/Pantry Programs as an annual goal and allocate $379,956 in CDBG-CV funds.

The City of Auburn is also amending the 2015-2019 Citizen Participation Plan to include waivers and alternative requirements of statutes and regulations granted by HUD for CDBG-CV grants and fiscal year 2019 and 2020 CDBG grants.

The following categories of projects are recommended for funding from CDBG-CV funds: Homeless Prevention, Youth Supportive Services, Senior Supportive Services, and Food Bank/Pantry Programs. 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 substantial amendments to the 2015- 2019 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Annual Action Plan, an amendment to the 2015-2019 Citizen Participation Plan, and an invitation for public comments concerning the proposed amendments. In this regard, the City will hold public hearings to allow citizens to receive information and make comments.

Date of Public Hearing(s):
June 23, 2020, 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM

The CARES Act permits the use of virtual public hearings when necessary for public health reasons if citizens are provided reasonable notification and grant access to participate. The City will provide additional information should a state or local proclamation concerning public gatherings make it necessary to conduct a public hearing by virtual means.

An executive summary of the proposed amendments to the subject Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Citizen Participation Plan will be available for public review from June 11, 2020 – June 23, 2020, at auburnalabama.org/community-development/resources. For additional information, contact Ashley Thomas at (334) 501-7280. Written comments regarding the proposed amendments should be submitted to athomas@auburnalabama.org no later than June 19, 2020, at 5:00 PM.

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 five days before the scheduled hearing for the accommodation to be considered.

The Villager June 11, 2020

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