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Posted on: October 25, 2020

Community Development Block Grant Program Year 2021

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Public Input Meeting and Electronic Suggestion Box Survey

The City of Manhattan has been an Entitlement Community in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program since 2010.  The CDBG Entitlement Program provides the City with federal dollars based on an annual formula allocation to provide grant projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, families, and neighborhoods.  

Participation in the Entitlement Program requires the City to prepare a Consolidated Plan, which is updated every 5 years, and an Annual Action Plan that is updated each year of the 5-year Consolidated Plan.  The current Consolidated Plan covers the Years 2020-2024, beginning on July 1, 2020, and ending on June 30, 2025.  

Once the annual allocation of CDBG funds is known, the City must adopt an Annual Action Plan that is consistent with the approved 5‑Year Consolidated Plan.  

The 2021 Annual Action Plan begins on July 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022, and will specify the activities, actions, and projects the City will implement with the CDBG allocation for the 2021 Program Year to address the priority needs and objectives identified by the Consolidated Plan.  The final Annual Action Plan will be prepared once HUD notifies the City of its annual allocation, sometime in March or April of 2021.  

To prepare the 2021 Annual Action Plan, the City is beginning consultations with local agencies, citizens, and other local government units and departments, to provide an assessment of community needs and priorities, and to confirm that proposed projects are in line with National CDBG Program Objectives related to low and moderate income benefit.  

Sharing your input about community needs is an important part of the process, and there are two ways to provide feedback:  First, a Public Input Meeting will be held in the City Commission Room, City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas, at 5:30 PM, on Thursday November 5, 2020. Attendees will be required to sign in and provide their address and contact information.  All attendees are required to wear a mask per City Policy, and abide by the physical distancing set-up of the room.  

You may also provide input electronically.  Please click the link to the CDBG 2021 Annual Action Plan Electronic Suggestion Box and provide input for each of the questions to help identify the most critical needs that the City of Manhattan should consider addressing in the CDBG PY 2021 Annual Action Plan.  Be as descriptive or brief as you like.  The City will accept all input. If a suggestion is not eligible for CDBG funding, staff will forward it to the appropriate City Department(s) for possible inclusion in future City funded project planning.

Finally, please forward the Electronic Suggestion Box link to any other person, group or agency that might be interested in providing input for the 2021 Program Year.  

Thank you for assisting us with this important planning process.

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