City of Pittsfield Seeks Public Input for Draft CDBG Annual Action Plan

The City of Pittsfield’s Department of Community Development, in conjunction with the City Council’s subcommittee on Community and Economic Development, will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. May 9on its CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) program budget and draft 2020 Annual Action Plan. The public hearing will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The draft Annual Action Plan, which was released on Friday, April 26, outlines how federal CDBG funds will be used to address housing and community development needs in Pittsfield for the 2020 fiscal year. Copies of the draft 2020 Annual Action Plan are available for public review in Community Development, and a copy of the draft document will be posted to the city’s website at this link: Draft Consolidated Annual Action Plan 2020.

The draft 2020 Annual Action Plan proposed budget of $1.9 million consists of $1.3 million in new CDBG funds and $542,205 in expected program income and reprogrammed funds as well as an estimated $99,852 in carryover funds. Community Development has proposed using CDBG funds during the upcoming 2020 fiscal year for projects that include public facilities, removal of architectural barriers, public services, housing rehabilitation, economic development, clearance, planning activities, and administrative costs. 

The hearing is part of a 30-day public review process that is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides an opportunity for public input on the draft plan. Through what HUD terms an entitlement grant, HUD provides the city with CDBG funding on an annual basis. The review and comment period runs now through Saturday, May 25.

If residents are unable to attend the public hearing, they may submit their written comments to Community Development at any time during the 30-day comment period via email at jdodds@cityofpittsfield.org or by mail to the Department of Community Development, 70 Allen St., Room 205, Pittsfield, MA, 01201. Persons with special needs should contact Community Development at (413) 499-9368 or TTY 413-499-9340 prior to the public hearing and every effort will be made to accommodate their requests.