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Program Year 2016 is in the books for the City of Pocatello Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Through the approximately $375,000 in funding provided by the federal government and administered by the City of Pocatello Neighborhood and Community Services Division, the division oversaw or provided funding assistance for 27 housing rehabilitation projects, acquisition of 5 residential lots, demolition of 1 home, construction of 2 residential units, and 10 sidewalk construction projects around town.
“Projects such as home rehabs can help low- and moderate-income homeowners make needed repairs to things like water or sewer lines or a leaking roof,” said Melanie Gygli, Planning and Development Services Director. “With the affordable housing program, households who might otherwise never be able to afford a home are provided the opportunity to purchase a home. Through the sidewalk reconstruction program, dangerous sidewalks are rebuilt, providing a safe pedestrian path for the entire community.”
Under the City’s consolidated plan for CDBG funding, the projects must be in accordance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) objectives of:
- Benefit low and moderate-income persons
- Remove or eliminate slums and blight
- Meet other community development needs because conditions may pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community
Residents are being asked to voice their opinion on the division’s draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Program Year 2016 during a public hearing Thursday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at the Pocatello City Council Meeting.. Residents who cannot attend the meeting can send their comments to the Neighborhood and Community Services Division at City of Pocatello ATTN: Neighborhood and Community Services Division PO Box 4169, Pocatello, ID 83205-4169. Residents can also hand-deliver their written comments to City Hall. Any comments received will be forwarded on to HUD.
To view the Draft Program Year 2016 CAPER or for more information on the Neighborhood and Community Services Division, visit pocatello.us/339/Neighborhood-Community-Services.
City Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Dave Hunt at email@example.com; 208.234.6248 or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.