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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Springfield’s Draft 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan is available for public review and comment through 5 p.m. April 1.
Hard copies of the document may be obtained at the Planning and Development Department, Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonville Ave., and any branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library located within the city limits of Springfield. Written comments may be sent to [email protected].
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Consolidated Plans are designed to help local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the federal block grant programs.
Consolidated Plans are carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. Grantees report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports (CAPERs). Previous years’ City of Springfield Annual Action Plans and CAPERs can be reviewed at https://www.springfieldmo.gov/850/Document-Library.
It is estimated that approximately $1.4 million will be available in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and $900,000 in Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding on an annual basis for fiscal years 2020-2024.
All CDBG-funded activities will be conducted in compliance with the provisions of 24 CFR Part 570. All HOME funded activities will be conducted in compliance with the provisions of 24 CFR Part 92.
The Planning and Development Department staff undertook a robust, comprehensive public engagement effort to ensure the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan was informed by a diverse cross-section of the City’s population, local service providers, the local Continuum of Care, a variety of local and regional institutions, broadband Internet service providers, other local government entities and other local and regional organizations.
The Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Community Development (CACCD) provided oversight and guidance to the consultation process. Prior to beginning the consultation process, staff presented a draft consultation schedule and methodology to the CACCD. The consultation process kicked off upon the culmination of the Community Development Needs Survey and allowed the staff to further define the community needs. More than 40 on-site community consultation workshops were held with community groups and organizations. A chronological listing of the on-site community consultations workshops is attached to the Draft Consolidated Plan.
The following activities have been identified and selected for CDBG and HOME funding within the plan through a collaborative effort, which has resulted in projects designed to meet City Council’s priorities and objectives and identified community needs. All the programs and activities enumerated below will constitute an expenditure of funds for which a minimum of 70% will be used for projects which principally benefit low- and moderate-income people.
Housing activities will principally serve low- and moderate-income families in the targeted area. The targeted area boundaries are proposed to be amended to include an area that is generally bounded by West Bypass, Glenstone, and Interstate-44 and south to Grand Street plus Census Tract 4. HOME activities will include rental housing new construction and rehabilitation, and down-payment assistance loans. A CDBG-funded homeowner rehabilitation, weatherization and emergency home repair program will be conducted in the target area by four local non-profit organizations.
A commercial loan program and a business incentive loan program will be continued within the corporate limits of the City of Springfield.
Public Service funding will be provided to IRS Code 501 (c) (3) designated nonprofit corporations serving Springfield.
Reasonable costs for general oversight, coordination and management of the CDBG Program will be provided. A policy planning and management capacity will be maintained in part with CDBG funding with an emphasis on neighborhood conservation and economic development.
None of the above described activities are designed or anticipated to create involuntary residential displacement of persons or households. The City of Springfield has a plan for avoiding displacement and for the establishment of benefits to persons displaced by the programs; it is on file and available for public inspection at the Planning and Development Department.
Springfield City Council will hold a first reading and public hearing on the FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan at 6:30 p.m., March 23 at City Council Chambers, Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville Ave. Council is expected to vote on the plan at its April 6 meeting. In accordance with ADA and LEP guidelines, citizens needing special accommodations when attending any City meeting, are asked to notify the City Clerk’s office at 417-864-1443 at least three days prior to the scheduled meeting.
For more information, please contact Senior Planner Bob Atchley at 417-864-1308 or [email protected] or Cora Scott, director of Public Information and Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].