Duluth Community Development Committee makes recommendations for $2.8 million in HUD funding

The City of Duluth’s Community Development Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Duluth City Council Chambers located on the 3rd floor to discuss the 2018 Community Development program, which anticipates distributing approximately $2.8 million dollars in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding.

The public is invited to attend and will have the opportunity to address the committee and provide input on the recommendations.

“Residents are encouraged to provide input to help ensure that this funding is directed towards the greatest needs in Duluth,” said Keith Hamre, Director of Planning and Construction Services.

The city anticipates it will receive approximately $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist people with low and moderate incomes (up to $53,750 for a family of four) and serve neighborhoods where a majority of low- and moderate-income people reside.

Funding recommendations include programs for rental and homeowner housing, job training, business growth, neighborhood facility improvements, homeless services, and other public services. FY 2018 HUD funding is subject to approval of the FY 2018 federal budget, and requires further action by the U.S. Congress and President Trump.

The funding is part of three funding sources from HUD: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).

The preliminary funding recommendations, which include proposed funding recipients and dollar amounts, can be found online, here.

Final funding recommendations will be presented to the Duluth City Council for approval.

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