City of Wooster 2018 General Combined Public Hearing #1
Learn about how the City of Wooster utilizes grant opportunities for community development projects.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG Program - PY 18)
Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 9:00 AM – Council Chambers
538 N. Market St, Wooster, Ohio 44691
The City of Wooster intends to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development, for funding available under the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program which it administers. The City of Wooster is eligible to receive up to $150,000 through the program’s biannual Allocation Grant offering. The City may competitive apply for a Critical Infra-structure Grant up to $300,000, and/or a Downtown Revitalization Grant up to $300,000, and/or a competitive Neighborhood Revitalization Grant of up to $500,000.
The City will conduct the first of two public hearings on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, at 9:00 am in the Council Chambers of Wooster City Hall at 538 N. Market St, Wooster Ohio 44691 to inform citizens and organizations about the CDBG program, with details on eligible activities and program requirements. Feedback and questions are welcome.
The City of Wooster is also seeking comments and feedback via mail and email through May 15th, 2018. Please direct such correspondences to Jonathan Millea (Email: Jmillea@woosteroh.com, Mailing Address: 538 N. Market Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691)
A second Public Hearing will be held for each of the specific grant applications to be made in May or June after projects and funding request amounts are decided by the City’s Administration.
CDBG Program & Funds
The CDBG program can fund a range of activities, including economic development projects, street and drainage improvements, downtown revitalization, demolition of unsafe structures, and housing and neighborhood facilities rehabilitation. The activities must be designed to primarily benefit low-to-moderate income persons, aid in the prevention and elimination of slums and blight, or meet an urgent need of the community. The City of Wooster may also compete with other communities for the following CDBG Competitive Set-Aside funds:
Funds projects improving the quality of life in distressed neighborhoods and requires that a comprehensive revitalization strategy be carried out. (Up to $500,000).
Provides funding to improve Central Business Districts (Up to $300,000).
Provides funding for high-priority, single-purpose infrastructure improvements to alleviate failed or failing systems (Up to $300,000).
Provides funding for public infrastructure to enable a major commercial project involving substantial job creation (Up to $10,000 per LMI employee hired). This program also provides fixed-asset financing for small for-profit businesses.
Residential Public Infrastructure
Provides funding for infrastructure for communities to provide safe and reliable drinking water and proper disposal of sanitary waste. (Variable)
Prior to the Hearing, at 8:00am at the same location, the City will host its annual Spring Session Fair Housing Training. This meeting is also open to the public.
Auxiliary aids for disabled persons are available upon request with at least five (5) days' notice prior to the meeting. Requests must be made to the Jonathan Millea, 330-263-5250, during regular working hours.