Washington County approves release of draft action plan for housing programs

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the release of the draft 2014 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment programs for public comment on 2014 funding recommendations.

The board heard a report on the recommendations and approved the release at its March 25 meeting.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires a 31-day public notice and public hearing before final approval of the Annual Action Plan. The public comment period will be March 26, 2014, through April 25, 2014.

An estimated $799,747.87 will be available to the Washington County programs for 2014. The funds are estimated awaiting the federal budget impacts to the programs and final award amounts. Recommended use of the funds includes competitive projects, an owner-occupied home rehabilitation program, public services, and administration.

In response to the request for competitive projects, the county received five project proposals. Two of the projects received a reallocation of 2013 CDBG funding. The other programs recommended for funding are:

• Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Hugo Townhome Development (HOME), $116,986.92.

• HRA – Park Place Improvement Project, St. Paul Park (CDBG), $180,075.

• Hugo Good Neighbor Food Shelf (CDBG), $70,000.

• Plymouth Housing Partners LLC – Piccadilly Square Senior Rental, Reservations of (CDBG), $142,632.04, and (HOME), $59,741.56.

• Washington County Public Services (CDBG), $90,408.75.

• Administration (CDBG & HOME, including Dakota County), $139,903.60.

The 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan established the strategies and funding priorities for the CDBG and HOME programs for July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2015. Annual grant funds for CDBG and HOME programs are used to fund high- and medium-priority activities identified in the Consolidated Plan. The 2014 CDBG and HOME Annual Action Plan is the final year of the five-year Consolidated Plan and contains joint recommendations from the county and its CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee.

A public hearing has already been conducted in conjunction with the HOME Consortium Partners of Ramsey, Dakota, and Anoka counties, and the City of Woodbury March 13 at Roseville City Hall. Any public comments will be incorporated in the plan and will come before the board for final approval in May, prior to being sent to HUD.