Proposed Amendment to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY 2019/2020 to Incorporate Additional Funding
The City of Deerfield Beach a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Department of Housing and Urban Development is required to provide citizens with a 30-day notice of and an opportunity to comment on an amendment to the City FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan located at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1769/Approved-Docs. The public comment period extended five (5) days as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic from the date of publication of this notice. The City is proposing to make the changes indicated below. In accordance with 24 CFR Part 91.505 entitled “Amendments to the Consolidated Plan,” the following criteria are used to determine amendments to the Annual Action Plans.
According to 91.505 (a), the jurisdiction shall amend its approved Plan whenever it makes one of the following decisions:
(1) To make a change in its allocation priorities or a change in the method of distribution of funds;
(2) To carry out an activity, using funds from any program covered by the consolidated plan (including program income), not previously described in the action plan; or
(3) To change the purpose, scope, location, or beneficiaries of an activity.
On September 11, 2020, the City received notification of another round of funding made available to the City through the CARES Act Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds in the amount of $582,801. The total allocation available to the City under CARES Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Funds (CDBG-CV) is $989,121.
This proposed amendment will enable the city to receive and administer this special allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
Funds are available for activities that benefit low to moderate income households; up to 80% AMI. Below is a summary of the eligible projects the City will undertake utilizing the third round of CDBG-CV funds.
Rental Assistance - $216,240.80
The City’s Rental Assistance program provide emergency financial assistance to families impacted by COVID-19. Assistance will be provided for up to 6 months from April 1, 2020 and onward. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 of grant assistance.
Utilities Assistance - $250,000
The City’s Utilities Assistance program provide emergency financial assistance to families impacted by COVID-19. Assistance will be provided for up to 6 months from April 1, 2020 and onward. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $1,000 of grant assistance.
Planning and Administration - $116,560.20
Cost associated with administering the CDBG-CV programs and all required documents.
Micro-Enterprise Reallocation of Funding Amendment
The proposed amendment is to reallocate Micro-Enterprise CDBG-CV Program funds to the City’s Rental Assistance Program. Initial funding of $75,000 for the Micro-Enterprise Program was approved at the June 16th, 2020 Commission Meeting Resolution Number 2020/065. The City’s Rental Assistance program provide emergency financial assistance to families impacted by COVID-19. Assistance will be provided for up to 6 months from April 1, 2020 and onward. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 of grant assistance. Reallocating $75,000 from the Micro-Enterprise Program to the Rental Assistance Program would allow City Staff to better assist residents impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic; assisting a minimum of 7 residents.
SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO ACTIVITIES IN THE ACTION PLAN
The five-day public comment period will commence September 28, 2020, and end October 2, 2020. Citizens are encouraged to review and comment on the proposed amendment during the five-day comment period via email at email@example.com. Citizens are encouraged to comment upon the proposed substantial amendment. For comments or questions on the amendment, please contact Jonathan Salas at 954-480-4464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Deerfield Beach City Commission is scheduled to hold a Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 and the proposed Amendment is on the Agenda for Commission’s consideration. The Commission Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on October 6, 2020, utilizing communications media technology with elected officials and City staff participating through video conferencing. Interested parties are encouraged to log-in at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas and participate. Public comments for the meeting may also be provided via email to web.clerk@deerfield-beach (please include your name and address for the record).
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND FLORIDA STATUTE 286.26, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY CLERK NO LATER THAN 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING AT (954) 480-4213 FOR ASSISTANCE.
Notice of No Significant Impact on the Environment and Request for the Release of Funds
September 23, 2020
CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH, FLORIDA
FY 2020-2021 PROGRAM YEAR
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
On June 16, 2020, the City of Deerfield Beach Commission approved the FY 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan and submitted the Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval. On or about October 8, 2020, the City of Deerfield Beach will request the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to release Federal funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383), for the following projects, programs, and activities for the period covering the Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Action Plan.
HOUSING REHABILITATION - $100,000
This program will provide home repairs and architectural barrier removal to low and moderate-income homeowners. This project will be carried out on a target area basis.
HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE- $252,566
This program will provide purchase assistance to first time homebuyers who purchase property in the City of Deerfield Beach.
OVETA MCKEITHEN RECREATIONAL COMPLEX PLAYGROUND- $150,000
This activity at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd Street will provide funds to facilitate an interactive playground, new shock-absorbing safety surfacing and a shade canopy.
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI)
It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and, accordingly, the above-named City has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1968 (P.L. 91-190). The reasons for not preparing an EIS are: The programs, projects, and activities proposed will improve the quality of the human environment.
Environmental Review Records for the projects listed above are prepared by City of Deerfield Beach, and each project has an Environmental Review Record (ERR). The ERR provides reasons why the EIS is required and are available for public examination and copying upon request at City of Deerfield Beach Community Development Department between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday via email at Jsalas@deerfield-beach.com.
No further environmental review of these projects will be conducted prior to the request for release of Federal funds.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON FONSI
All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration to the City Community Development Department. Written comments should be received at the address specified before October 7, 2020. All comments received will be considered and the City will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administration action on the proposed projects prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (NOI/RROF)
At least one day after the close of the public comment period for the FONSI, but not before comments on the FONSI have been considered and resolved, City of Deerfield Beach will submit a Request for Release of Funds (RROF) and Certification to HUD. By doing so the City will ask HUD to allow it to commit funds to these projects certifying that (1) it has performed the environmental review prescribed by HUD regulations ("Environmental Review Procedures for Title I Community Development Block Grant Program" - 24 CFR Part 58), and (2) the Certifying Officer, or, City Manager consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review or resulting decision-making and action. The legal effect of the certification is that by approving it, HUD will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act thus allowing the City of Deerfield Beach to commit Community Development Block Grant Funds to these Projects.
OBJECTION TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its approval of the release of funds and the certification only if it is on one of the following bases: (1) that the certification was not in fact executed by the certifying officer, or (2) that applicant's Environmental Review Record for the project indicated omission of a required decision, finding, or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedure (24 CFR Part 58) and may be addressed to HUD Florida State Office, Brickell Plaza Federal Building, Room 500, Miami, FL 33131. Objections to release of funds on bases other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. Objections received fifteen days after the request for release of funds, will not be considered by HUD. If you require any auxiliary aids for communication, please call 954-480-6420 so arrangements can be made in advance.