In accordance with the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs and applicable waivers to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act as set forth in the memorandum from U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), dated April 9, 2020, the City of Malden (“the City”) is making available to the public for review and comment an amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan. Pursuant to emergency waivers provided by HUD to the City in April 2020 and subsequently incorporated into the City’s Citizen Participation Plan, the public comment period for amendments in response to state and national emergencies is 5 calendar days.
This is an amendment to enable the City to receive and administer $780,411 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from HUD made available through the third tranche of CDBG CARES Act funding. The funding will be used to facilitate assistance to households, persons, and businesses impacted by COVID-19 and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by preventing eviction and ensuring housing stability. Eligible CDBG activities will include but not be limited to rental assistance, eviction prevention services, microenterprise assistance, creation/ retention of jobs for low- and moderate-income persons, support for small businesses owned by low- and moderate-income persons, and administrative and planning costs associated with these activities. Most programs funded under this amendment will meet the national objective for benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, though some business activities may meet the national objective for addressing an urgent need.
Public Comment Period and Process:
The draft amendment can be viewed at www.maldenredevelopment.com. This Action Plan amendment is available for a 5-day public comment period from October 16 to October 21. Citizens wishing to submit written comments during the public review and comment period should email comments no later than 5pm October 21, 2020 to Alex Pratt, Community Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments can also be provided during a virtual public hearing to be held October 21, 2020 at 5pm on Zoom. All comments received will be included in the Final Amendment sent to HUD along with the City’s responses.
Zoom Public Hearing Log-In Information:
Meeting ID: 860 5267 6109
Call in by phone by dialing one of the following numbers and providing the meeting ID and passcode listed above: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) or +1 929 205 6099 US (New York). Other call-in numbers can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd4sTnrimp
In the unlikely event that the meeting log-in information changes due to technical issues by Zoom, the MRA will post updated log-in information on www.maldenredevelopment.com.