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
Kendrick Laster, Housing Inspector
Nick Williams, Housing Coordinator
Tonya Jordan, Neighborhood Coordinator

PUBLIC NOTICES

July 22 – PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE 2021 ACTION PLAN FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG & HOME) PROGRAMS AND APPLICABLE INFORMATION

ATTENTION: ALL HATTIESBURG, MISSSISSIPPI RESIDENTS

The City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi will receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for program year 2021. These funds total $827,491. 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 Monday, August 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center, 220 W. Front Street for the purpose of receiving, comments, and proposals on the creation of the 2021 Action Plan priorities. In light of social distancing requirements, there is an option for VIRTUAL participation 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) 545-1006 no later than 3:00pm on August 9, 2021. Public Comments on the topic will be taken between August 9, 2021 and September 9, 2021.

The City will receive CDBG entitlement grant funding of $530,462 with $424,369 benefitting low- and moderate- income families, and HOME entitlement grant funding of $297,029 with $267,330 benefitting low- and moderate-income families.  Eligible activity types include, but are not limited to such activities as:

CDBG:
Acquisition
Rehabilitation
Public Facilities & Improvements
Public Services
HOME:
Acquisition
Rehabilitation
Demolition

 

However, a more inclusive list of eligible activity types can be found in the Code of Federal Register, 24 CFR 570 Subpart C and 24 CFR 92 Subpart E.

The City will consider any comments or views of citizens, agencies or units of local government received in writing and orally at the Public Hearing scheduled for August 9, 2021. Written comments will additionally be accepted in the Community Development Division through September 9, 2021. 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.

Comments related to this NOTICE may be mailed to City of Hattiesburg Community Development Division, P.O. Box 1898, Hattiesburg, MS 39403, or emailed to cdbg@hattiesburgms.com, or delivered to City Hall, First Floor, Urban Development/Community Development Division, 200 Forrest Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Department at (601) 545-4558. Anyone requiring special accommodation in considering these proposals, providing related comments, or in attending the public hearing are encouraged to contact the Community Development at (601) 554-1006 or email cdbg@hattiesburgms.com in sufficient advance of meetings for arrangements.

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)

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.