CDBG Public Hearing - Council Chambers

Submitted by City of Wooster on Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:25pm

2016 General Combined Public Hearing #1

City of Wooster, Ohio - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG Program - FY 16) and Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP Program - FY 16-17-18)

1 April 2016 at 11:30 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 it administers.

The City of Wooster received $77,000.00 through the program’s Allocation (and $300,000 Critical Infrastructure) grant in 2015 and is eligible for approximately $79,000 Allocation grant for 2016.

The City will conduct the first of two public hearings on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11:30am 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.

A second Public Hearing will be held for each of the specific grant application to be made in 2016 after projects and funding amounts have been decided.

The CDBG program can fund a range of activities, including economic development projects; street and drainage improvements, downtown revitalization, demolition of unsafe structures, and the rehabilitation of housing and neighborhood facilities.

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.


In addition to the allocation program, the City of Wooster is also eligible to apply for CDBG Competitive Set-Aside funds:

Neighborhood Revitalization

Funds projects improving the quality of life in distressed neighborhoods and requires that a comprehensive revitalization strategy be carried out. (Up to $300,000).

Downtown Revitalization

Provides funding to improve Central Business Districts (Up to $300,000).

Critical Infrastructure

Provides funding for high-priority, single-purpose infrastructure improvements to alleviate failed or failing systems (Up to $300,000).

Economic Development

Provides funding for public infrastructure to enable a major commercial project involving substantial job creation (Up to $500,000 per project). 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)

Community Involvement

Special auxiliary aids for handicapped persons are available upon request. At least five (5) days' notice is required prior to a meeting. Requests must be made to Jonathan Millea, 330-263-5250, during regular working hours.