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Posted on: October 27, 2019

Input opportunity for local Community Development Block Grant Funding

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From October 27 to December 16, 2019, everyone who lives or works in Manhattan, or representatives of local agencies and non-profits serving Manhattan residents, is invited to give their input regarding local projects for the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Interested persons can share input using the online Suggestion Box at https://cityofmhk.com/FormCenter/Community-Development-14/CDBG-Suggestion-Box-Input-Form-107  and at the Public Input Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in the Commission Room at City Hall, located at 1101 Poyntz Avenue.

Attendance at the meeting is not mandatory, and people are encouraged to submit potential projects for the city to consider, in the manner convenient for them.

Specifically, people are asked to provide input on the new 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, and identify issues and gaps in services that need attention, and suggestions for Projects or Public Services to be considered for funding the CDBG Program Year (PY) 2020 Annual Action Plan.

As of 2010, the City of Manhattan has been designated an entitlement community under the CDBG Program. The average yearly allocation awarded to Manhattan has been $592,000. Projects and activities funded through CDBG must provide benefit to low- and moderate-income persons and also must meet one of the program goals, including decent housing, suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.

Examples of some past Public Service Projects have included support for the Manhattan Emergency Shelter which provides housing for the homeless, Sunflower CASA which provides services for children who are victims of abuse and neglect, support for Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc (HCCI) which provides counseling for home buying, budgeting, and credit issues as well as Landlord/Tenant counseling, and Pawnee Mental Health Services, Inc. to provide a case management position for individuals without insurance who require assistance because of mental health issues.

Some past Public Facilities Projects aided with CDBG funds include Planning Study assistance and renovations to the Crisis Center, which serves victims of domestic violence, renovations to the Riley County Seniors’ Center, and renovations to the Douglass Community Center complex. 

Examples of past Infrastructure projects include sidewalks and ADA pedestrian access improvements, installing trail connections for low income neighborhoods, modifications of the Fremont and 11th Street intersection, and the relocated Lee School Pedestrian Crossing at Anderson and Westwood Drive.

The information collected during the input period, online, and at the November 7 meeting, will be used to help identify broad project categories that will be included in the Five Year Consolidated Plan, as well as to help identify specific projects and public services that should be considered for funding in the CDBG 2020 Annual Action Plan application.

The public input meeting is an opportunity to discuss ideas regarding the community needs to be addressed over the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan period, as well as receive proposals and possible projects that might be addressed through the CDBG PY 2020 Annual Action Plan.

To ask questions or provide comments by phone or email, Contact Christina L’Ecuyer, Grant Administrator, at 785-587-2430, or lecuyer@cityofmhk.com.

The mission of the City of Manhattan is to sustain order and protect public safety, promote public health, preserve the built environment, and enhance economic vitality. The city supports a regional community in which individuals and families develop and thrive. More information about the City can be found online at www.cityofmhk.com, or by following the City on Facebook at @cityofmanhattan, or Twitter @cityofmhk.

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