Survey, public hearing guides annual CDBG/HOME spending
COVINGTON, Ky. – Using an online survey and virtual public hearing next week, the public can make suggestions on how the City of Covington should use its annual grant allocation through federal CDBG and HOME programs.
The City expects to receive approximately $2 million this funding cycle to go with unspent funds from previous years.
Over the past decade, Covington has used these programs to invest approximately $20 million in neighborhood improvements and services, such as a larger Barb Cook Park, new sidewalks along Pike Street in Lewisburg, emergency repairs for homeowners and five-year forgivable loans for new home buyers.
“We’re spending this money directly in low- and middle-income neighborhoods, so we want to make sure we’re spending it where people think we need it most,” said Jeremy Wallace, the city’s director of federal grants. .
The survey is available HERE. He asks what programs and services people would like to see funded and where.
The virtual “public needs hearing” will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 21. The Zoom link is HERE. The hearing will be recorded and made available for viewing on the city’s website, www.covingtonky.gov.
The hearing will begin with a brief explanation of the programs and their objectives, then the public will be invited to give their opinion. People can also send comments to Wallace at [email protected]
The money represents Covington’s annual allocations from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs, both administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Federal laws governing the CDBG program state three goals: to provide decent housing, to provide a decent living environment, and to expand economic opportunity. The sole purpose of the HOME program is to create affordable housing opportunities for low-income households.
As in past years, the City will consider feedback from residents, agencies and organizations when drafting a budget document called the Annual Action Plan.
In recent years, the plan has funded housing and economic development initiatives, improvements to public facilities and public services. Specifically: Emergency home repairs. Down payments for home buyers. Improvements to neighborhood pools and parks. Smoother streets. Sidewalk ramps. Police patrols in high crime neighborhoods. Create affordable apartments above small storefronts. To plant trees.
“But, as we do every year, we want to know what the people of Covington think,” Wallace said.
If you have a disability, need information in an alternative format or speak limited English and need special services to attend the public hearing, contact Jeremy Wallace so that arrangements can be made for these services. He can be reached at [email protected]; (859) 292-2147; or TTY (800) 545-1833, ext. 931.
(Puede prestarse asistencia a aquellos con capacidades limitadas de habla inglesa o personas con impedimentos de audición o visión.)
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