The City of New York has released the final version of its amendment to the 2008 Consolidated Plan: Addendum - Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) Program. The Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) Program was created by Congress under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("Recovery Act" or “ARRA”).
The City of New York has received $48,315,183 in CDBG-R funds.
According to ARRA the CDBG-R is to be considered a grant of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement program. Therefore, the full range of CDBG activities are available to grantees as eligible uses of the funds for economic development, housing, infrastructure, and other public facilities activities that will spur economic investment; increase energy efficiency; and, job creation or retention.
The New York City Office of Management and Budget is the administering agency for the CDBG-R funds.
Proposed Change to the CDBG-R Amendment
The City of New York submitted its initial CDBG-R amendment and additional federally-required materials on June 5, 2009 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as per HUD submission regulations. However, the City has decided that the $2.89 million allocated to Graffiti-Free NYC in its original CDBG-R amendment will be re-programmed to the Emergency Repair Program. After July 1, 2009, City Tax Levy funds will support the Graffiti-free NYC Program. The program descriptions, Low- and Moderate-Income Benefit Chart and the CDBG-R Activity Data Spreadsheet have been revised to reflect the proposed deletion of the Graffiti-Free NYC Program.
As indicated above, CDBG-R is a grant under HUD’s CDBG entitlement program. It is therefore bound to HUD’s Consolidated Plan regulations. Under existing Consolidated Plan citizen participation regulations, substantial amendments to an approved Plan are required to undergo a 30-day comment period. However, in order to expedite localities receiving the funds, Congress waived this regulation and requires the Program to undergo only a seven (7) day public review period instead.
The Public Comment period began Tuesday, August 25 and ended Monday, August 31, 2009.
Comments received by close of business September 1, 2009 were to be summarized and the City’s responses incorporated into the 2008 Consolidated Plan amendment addendum for submission to HUD. However, no comments were received during the comment period. The Addendum has been updated to reflect this fact.
CDBG-R Consolidated Plan Amendment (final amended version)
For questions on the respective New York City programs described in the 2008 Consolidated Plan: Addendum - Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) please contact:
Paul D. Cataldo
Director, Community Development
NYC Office of Management and Budget
75 Park Place, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10007
Phone: (212) 788-6177
To obtain services under the NYC programs funded under CDBG-R, please call 311.