QUALIFIED ELIGIBLE CONTRACTORS

The City of Hattiesburg is seeking Qualified Eligible Contractors for the purposes of housing rehabilitation, housing repair, housing reconstruction and related activities as needed for a period ending December 31, 2021 for the Department of Urban Development – Community Development Division.

Application packets are available in the Office of the Clerk at City Hall.  Statements of Qualifications packets will be received until 10:00 A.M.  Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Respondents meeting the established criteria will be placed on a list of QECs in accordance with the City’s Housing Rehabilitation/Reconstruction, and Housing Repair Grants Manual.

For more information call 601-545-4558.

INSTRUCTIONS

ACTION PLAN

The City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi has completed a draft of the 2020 Action Plan guiding the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  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.

The City will receive public comments on the document from July 23, 2020 through August 24, 2020.

The City will consider any comments or views of citizens, agencies or units of local government received in writing.  Written comments will be accepted in the Community Development Division or by email to pwingo@hattiesburgms.com through August 24, 2020.  A summary of any comments or reviews accepted will be attached to the final action plan.

Please see the public notice for more detailed information.

CONSOLIDATED PLAN – NOTICE FOR PUBLIC HEARING

The City of Hattiesburg, Department of Urban Development has produced a draft amendment to the 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan and the 2019 Annual Action Plan. The amendments proposed relate to the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide any comments no later than August 27, 2020.

A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 5:00 pm to provide an opportunity for 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 August 25, 2020.

Please see the public notice for more detailed information.

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.