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CDBG-DR Releases Action Plan Amendment No. 2 for Public Review, Schedules Public Hearings

Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Action Plan Amendment #2

The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) has released the second amendment for the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan for public review and solicitation of feedback. In addition, the Citizen Participation Plan, which guides public outreach activities for the various federal grants administered through VIHFA, has been updated and is also out for review and comment.

Public hearings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 23, via Zoom and simulcast on Facebook Live.

Per the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, any funding changes greater than 1 percent of the total Disaster Recovery allocation or any change in the designated beneficiaries of a program constitutes a substantial amendment and must be made available for review by the public and approved by HUD.

APA#2

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The Amendment will incorporate a substantial change to the current Action Plan, which includes Amendment No. 1, by introducing Tranche 2A, $53 million allocation for unmet infrastructure needs in the Local Match Program, as well as inserting additional funds in housing programs; complete funding of the Randolph Harley Plant project; creation of the Public Services and Facilities Sector; a formal request of a LMI data waiver; and updates financial projections and expenditure outcomes.

Citizen Participation Plan

The laws governing federal programs require VIHFA to involve the community, provide information on the proposed projects and request feedback from the people that will benefit from the use of the funds. The VIHFA Citizen Participation Plan is being updated to include language about disaster programs; the inclusion of social media as a platform for public participation; and to allow alternative requirements when there is an existing emergency, such as the current health pandemic environment.

English and Spanish translations of the full-text Action Plan Amendment No. 2, Citizen Participation Plan and their summaries can be found at https://cdbgdr.vihfa.gov/library/action-plan/ and https://cdbgdr.vihfa.gov/library/citizen-participation/

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all VIHFA offices remain closed to the public. To request a hard copy of the documents, email [email protected] or call 340-772-4432, ext. 3258.

Public Hearings and Outreach

The public comment period is open from Sept. 3 – Oct. 3.

VIHFA will host two virtual public hearings and two radio outreach activities to discuss the Action Plan Amendment No. 2 and updates to the Citizen Participation Plan.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

Virtual Public Hearing via Zoom – https://tinyurl.com/y62v7tcp

Meeting ID: 337 636 3442 Passcode: APA#2

Thursday, Sept. 17 from 9 – 10 a.m.

Radio Outreach – 107.9FM Da Vybe, St. Thomas

Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Radio Outreach – 103.5FM Reef Broadcasting, St. Croix

Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.

Virtual Public Hearing via Zoom – https://tinyurl.com/y62v7tcp

Meeting ID: 337 636 3442 Passcode: APA#2

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