PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD

2021 ACTION PLAN

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT (CDBG & HOME)

The City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi anticipates receipt of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in January 2021 or soon thereafter. These funds are estimated to total approximately

$750,000. The funds will be used to meet the primary objectives of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1974, as amended, by providing access to affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities for persons, of low and moderate- income

A Public Hearing is scheduled for November 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of receiving ideas, comments, and proposals on the creation of the 2021 Action Plan priorities and feedback on past activities. In light of social distancing requirements, this will be a VIRTUAL Public Hearing with access by internet or phone. For instructions on how to join the virtual Public Hearing, please contact the Department of Urban Development at (601) 545-4675 no later than 3:00pm on November 23, 2020.

Written comments will additionally be accepted in the Community Development Division through December 7, 2020. These comments will be utilized to assist in creating a draft plan which will be made available for review in the coming months. A summary of any comments accepted will be attached to the final action plan.

Please see the public notice for more information.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Hattiesburg, Department of Urban Development has produced a draft amendment to the 2020 Action Plan, which outlines proposed use of CDBG grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The amendment proposed relates to the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide any comments no later than November 5, 2020.

A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 6:00pm to afford an opportunity for stakeholders and residents to provide feedback and comments. In light of social distancing requirements, this will be a VIRTUAL Public Hearing with access by internet or phone. For instructions on how to join the virtual Public Hearing, please contact the Department of Urban Development at (601) 545-4675 no later than 3:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020.

Please see the public notice for more detailed information.

DRAFT AMENDMENT – 2020 ACTION PLAN

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

CONTACT INFORMATION

Located at Hattiesburg City Hall, the office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

200 Forrest Street
Post Office Box 1898
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1898
601-545-4558

Staff
Petra Wingo, Division Manager
Dequandra Johnson, Housing Coordinator
Robert Jones, Housing Inspector
Kévin Jordan, Housing Coordinator
Tonya Jordan, Neighborhood Coordinator
Kimberly Townsend, Homeless Coordinator

The Community Development Division administers the annual grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as other grant opportunities that may complement such efforts. Primarily, this division manages projects funded through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Grant (HOME). Both of these programs are intended to benefit low- to moderate-income (LMI) individuals and households.  Administration of the programs is guided by the City’s 5-year Consolidated Plan and each year’s Action Plan.

HOME

The HOME Program focuses on Affordable Housing. The City offers Down Payment Assistance awards to income-eligible first-time home buyers; oversees a rehabilitation program for homeowner occupied dwellings; and partners with non-profit organizations for the purpose of constructing or rehabilitating houses to be sold or rented as affordable units.

CDBG

The CDBG Program allows for activities that benefit LMI individuals, LMI households, areas of the community that are majority LMI, or serve to create jobs available to LMI persons.  CDBG Programs undertaken by the City include Homeowner-occupied rehabilitation and Emergency Repairs, Downtown Facade Improvement, various Public Services through non-profits, Microenterprise Assistance, Public Facility Improvement, and Infrastructure Improvement.

Programs with ongoing application periods:

  • HOME Downpayment Assistant for First Time Homebuyers
  • CDBG Facade Improvement Assistance
  • CDBG Emergency Housing Repair (homeowner-occupied)
  • NOAA Weather Alert Radios

Programs with limited application periods:

  • CDBG & HOME Substantial Housing Rehabilitation (homeowner-occupied)
  • CDBG Public Service Awards for Non-Profits
  • CDBG Microenterprise Assistance

Individuals interested in programs with time-limited application periods are encouraged to call the Community Development Division at (601) 554-1006 for more information. Notices of Funding Availability or Requests for applications/proposals will be advertised in the Pine Belt News when funding is available. Whether or not funding is available will depend on the amount of funding made available in the City’s annual grant awards and what priority level is assigned to these program areas in comparison with others.