NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for the FY2021 CDBG PROGRAM FUNDING NEW KENSINGTO

Notice is hereby given by that New Kensington will hold a public hearing on August 2, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. in City Hall, 301 Eleventh St, New Kensington, PA 15068. This meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities and/or persons with limited English proficiency. If you require special accommodations, please notify the Redevelopment Authority at least 72 hours in advance at 724-337-3525 or bherman.newkenrda@gmail.com. TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center.


The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in general, the needs of the community that can be met with CDBG funding, and performance under the previously funded CDBG program years and the Three-Year Community Development Plan.


New Kensington expects to receive an allocation of approximately $330,121 in FY 2021 CDBG funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At least 70% of the funds must be used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The proposed activities must benefit at least 51% low-moderate income persons in the service area to qualify as an eligible project. The application submission deadline to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is October 28, 2021.


The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG Program: water and sewer line replacement and improvements; housing rehabilitation; construction or improvements to community facilities such as community centers, roads, sidewalks, and recreational facilities; public services; removal of architectural barriers; code enforcement; economic development; acquisition of property in support of other activities; demolition; and general administration.


If activities undertaken with grant funds would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City’s Anti-Displacement and Relocation Policy, would be in effect. The City would be responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of the use of CDBG funds.


All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and give oral testimony at the public hearing or present written comments concerning the needs of the community, proposed CDBG activities, the prior use of funds, as well as the CDBG program in general. Comments may be submitted by September 30, 2021 to William Herman, Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington, 901 5th Ave, Suite 300, New Kensington, PA 15068 or bherman.newkenrda@gmail.com.




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