CDBG Public Notice & Participation

The City of Medford has posted two public notices requesting comment regarding the Community Development Block Grant Program. Notices include: 1) Substantial Amendment No. 2 to the 2017/18 Action Plan; and 2) 2018/19 Action Plan. Please see legal notices below. If you have questions or would like to contribute comments, please contact Angela Durant at angela.durant@cityofmedord.org or 541-774-2390. Thank you in advance for your interest and contribution in our community. 

1) Substantial Amendment No. 2 to the 2017/18 Action Plan

 TO: MAIL TRIBUNE-LEGAL
PUBLISH: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
 
NOTICE  OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that a 30-day public comment period for the City of Medford’s Substantial Amendment No. 2 to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2017/18 Action Plan will commence on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 and close on Thursday, June 21, 2018 to solicit citizen input regarding the substantial amendment.  The City Council, City of Medford, will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall, Council Chambers, 411 W 8th St, Medford, Oregon for the purpose of soliciting citizen input regarding the proposed substantial amendment. The City of Medford is an entitlement city for CDBG program funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is required to submit an annual Action Plan to HUD outlining the projects to be funded with current year and unspent prior year funds. A substantial amendment is required if major changes are made regarding the use of those funds.  This substantial amendment involves one property acquisition change.   

The substantial amendment is to add a new project utilizing unspent prior year entitlement and program income funds totaling $24,429.78 that would be granted to Rogue Valley Youth for Christ (YFC) to rehabilitate the existing City-owned Fire Station located at 1241 W. 8th Street. Pending final acquisition of the property, YFC would convert the facility to a multi-use community center focusing on serving the kids and families in the high-risk neighborhoods surrounding the facility. CDBG funds would be used to address important safety and building issues such as upgrading windows and doors, removing a large tree that is damaging the building, and other upgrades required to meet current City code standards.

Copies of the City’s draft Substantial Amendment No. 2 to the 2017/18 Action Plan are available for public review at the Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, OR 97501 and on the City website at www.ci.medford.or.us.  Please contact Angela Durant with the Planning Department at 541-774-2390 or angela.durant@cityofmedford.org to obtain a copy or to submit comments. A summary of public comments will be incorporated into the final document prior to submission to HUD. 

Angela Durant
City of Medford
Principal Planner - Housing and Community Development
 
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2) 2018/19 Action Plan (click here)
TO: MAIL TRIBUNE-LEGAL
PUBLISH: Monday, May 22, 2018
 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a 30-day public comment period for the City of Medford’s 2018/19 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development will commence on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, and close on Thursday, June 21, 2018, to solicit citizen input regarding the Action Plan.  The City Council, City of Medford, will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Medford City Hall for the purpose of soliciting citizen input on the Action Plan. 
 
The City of Medford is an entitlement jurisdiction for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  The Action Plan is an update of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, which outlines and establishes priorities for the upcoming program year. The Consolidated Plan is a comprehensive planning document for CDBG that identifies the City’s overall needs for housing and community development and outlines a five-year strategy to address those needs adopted by Medford City Council.  The purpose of the Consolidated Plan is to provide the framework for annual decisions on the use of CDBG funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City’s entitlement award for the 2018/19 program year is $722,034.  Estimated additional budget allocations include 2018 program income of $100,000, 2017 carryforward program income of $31,685, and 2017 carryforward project funds totaling $594,728.39. The City anticipates an estimated 2018 CDBG budget of $1,448,447.39 for the projects and programs referenced below. The actual 2018 CDBG budget is subject to change resulting from unspent 2017 Program Administration and individual project expenditures through June 30, 2018.  
 
HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
 
  1. Property Acquisition for Rehabilitation - $250,000
Grant to Rogue Valley Youth for Christ (YFC) to purchase 11 Almond Street. The building will be renovated for use as a transitional housing complex and vocational training center for youth transitioning out of homelessness.
 
  1. Property Renovation – $129,661.50; plus 50% of the ending 2017 CDBG Program Administration balance to be determined after June 30, 2018
Grant to Compass House to renovate existing structure and parking lot located at 37 N. Ivy Street. Project will bring facility up to ADA and City code standards. Compass House provides services for adults living with mental illness.  
 
  1. Homeowner Rehabilitation - $89,661.50 and estimated program income of $95,000; plus 50% of the ending 2017 CDBG Program Administration balance to be determined after June 30, 2018
A 2018 grant to the Housing Authority of Jackson County (HAJC) to provide zero interest, deferred loans to low/moderate income homeowners for the correction of recognized hazards to health and safety.
 
  1. Homeowner Rehabilitation - $88,255 and estimated program income of $31,685
A 2017 carryforward grant to the HAJC to provide zero interest, deferred loans to low/moderate income homeowners for the correction of recognized hazards to health and safety.
 
  1. Public Facility Rehabilitation - $24,429.78
A 2017 carryforward grant to Rogue Valley Youth for Christ, pending acquisition of existing City owned property located at 1241 W. 8th Street. Rehabilitation activities include upgrades to windows and doors, tree removal, and other upgrades required to meet current ADA and City code standards. The building would be converted to a multi-use community center serving youth and families.
 
  1. Affordable Housing Infrastructure Support - $323,504.40
A 2016 carryforward grant to the HAJC to fund off-site infrastructure improvements required for transportation connections supporting development of Newbridge Place; a 64-unit affordable housing complex to be located at 217 N. Ross Lane.
 
  1. Public Facility Improvement - $106,386.30
A 2017 carryforward grant to the Medford Senior Center for facility improvements to bring the property up to ADA and City Code standards.   
 
  1. Public Facility ADA Upgrade - $24,852.91
A 2017 carryforward grant to the City of Medford Parks and Recreation to upgrade Jackson Park with ADA benches, picnic tables, ramps and routes, and a drinking fountain.          
               
  1. Public Facility Renovation - $21,800
A 2017 carryforward grant to the Children’s Advocacy Center to repair and upgrade the facility’s entrance porch to remove unsafe conditions and upgrade to ADA standards.
  1. Elimination of Slums and Blight – estimated $5,500
The City of Medford Code Enforcement and Building Safety departments will expend carryover funds to address code violations of blighted unsafe properties in low- to moderate-income areas.
 
PUBLIC SERVICES - $108,305 plus program income of $5,000
The following public service agencies will be receiving grants for operating expenses during the 2018/19 program year:
 
St. Vincent de Paul                                                                    $ 28,794; and estimated program income of $5,000
Maslow Project                                                                          $ 25,000
Hearts with a Mission                                                                $ 24,992
Center for Nonprofit Legal Services                                        $ 20,826
Community Volunteer Network                                                $ 8,693
                             
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION - $144,406
 
Copies of the City’s Consolidated Plan and draft Action Plan are available for public review in the Medford Planning Department at 200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, OR 97501 and on the City’s website at
www.ci.medford.or.us. To obtain a copy, submit comments or for additional information on the hearing, please contact Angela Durant at angela.durant@cityofmedford.org or 541-774-2390. Citizens needing translation services or other special accommodations may contact Angela Durant 10 days prior to the hearing to request these services. 
 
A summary of public comments will be incorporated into the final document prior to submission to HUD. 
 
Angela Durant
Principal Planner – Housing and Community Development  
City of Medford 
 
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