Community Action Plan - Public Comment Wanted

City of Great Falls Montana

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

DATE:             April 9, 2014

CONTACT:     Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 455-8417

 

PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND CDBG & HOME PUBLIC HEARING

GREAT FALLS, Montana – The public is invited to the City Commission Meeting (Commission Chambers, 2 Park Drive South) on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., to participate in a public hearing to provide comment on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Proposed Action Plan.

The community Action Plan describes the City’s proposed use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) grant funds for the next year, as well as the policies and performance of each of the grant programs. The Action Plan also includes the 2010—2015 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Update for 2014. Each year the City of Great Falls receives CDBG and HOME grant funds.

The CDBG and HOME programs provide communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Since its establishment in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG is an important tool that helps local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

In the past, the CDBG program has funded things like Habitat for Humanity, NeighborWorks, the emergency sewer and water repair program, playground equipment, small business development programs, emergency housing, Meals on Wheels, scholarships for summer and after school programs as well as daycare assistance for students at Paris Gibson Education Center.

The 2014-2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan, which describes the City’s proposed uses for CDBG and HOME grant funds is available for review and comment through April 24, 2014. The Plan can be viewed on the City’s website (www.greatfallsmt.net), and at the two following public locations:

  • Great Falls Public Library (301 2nd Avenue North)
  • Planning and Community Development Office (2 Park Drive South, Civic Center, Room 112)

All members of the public are encouraged to attend the public hearing on April 15; handicap access is available on the north side of the building. If you are unable to attend the public hearing, comments may also be submitted through April 24, 2014, to Jolene Wetterau, City of Great Falls, Planning and Community Development Department, P.O. Box 5021, Great Falls, Montana, 59403-5021 or telephoned to 455-8407.

 

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