Updated: May 21, 2020
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE FY 2020 CDBG PROGRAM
NEW KENSINGTON, PA
Notice is hereby given by the City of New Kensington that it will hold a public meeting on June 1 2020 at 7:00 P.M. Due to COVID-19, this meeting will be held virtually via the Zoom platform. ACCESS INFORMATION: Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7502120247. Meeting ID: 750 212 0247. Password: 5T9MV5 Audio only: +1 929-205-6099; password: 579972. This meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities and/or persons with limited English proficiency. If you wish to attend and require special accommodations, please notify the Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington at least 72 hours in advance at 724-337-3525 (PA Telecommunications Relay Service 7-1-1) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the meeting 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 will receive an allocation of approximately $308,171 in FY 2020 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 deadline for submission of the FY 2020 CDBG Program application to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is October 28, 2020.
The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG Program: water and sewer line replacement and improvements; housing rehabilitation; construction of affordable housing; construction/reconstruction of public/community facilities; recreational facilities; public services that are new or provide quantifiable increases in the delivery of services; street improvements; historic preservation; removal of architectural barriers; code enforcement; economic development; acquisition and relocation; clearance and demolition; and general administration, planning, audit if required, and preparation of the CDBG application.
If the City of New Kensington would undertake activities that result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City of New Kensington policy for minimizing such displacement would be in effect. The City of New Kensington is 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 citizens are encouraged to participate and will be offered the opportunity to give oral testimony at the Public Hearing and/or to present written comments concerning the needs of the City of New Kensington, proposed CDBG Program activities, the prior use of CDBG funds, as well as the CDBG Program in general. Proposals and comments may be submitted to Sarah Snider, Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington, 901 5th Avenue, Suite 300, New Kensington PA 15068 or ssnider.NewKenDevelopment@gmail.com by 4:00 PM on May 28, 2020.