The City of Providence, Department of Planning and Development, Housing & Community Development Division is preparing its 5-Year Consolidated Plan, Strategic Plan, and Annual Action Plan to guide funding decisions for the use of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds. The primary purpose of these funds is to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Through the allocation of these funds, the City of Providence plans to support viable urban communities by meeting the following objectives: (1) provide safe and decent affordable housing; (2) create and maintain a suitable living environment; and (3) expand economic opportunities.
Additionally, the City of Providence, Department of Planning and Development, Housing & Community Development Division has amended its Citizen Participation Plan to provide for broader outreach to the residents of Providence.
The Consolidated Plan will establish an effective, coordinated strategy for supporting housing and community development efforts over the next five years. This strategy must meet the program goals of creating viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for low-moderate income persons.
Citizen participation is a key part of creating the Consolidated Plan, and involves engaging the public to direct Plan objectives, review Plan language, and critique past and future program performance. As part of the planning process, information on the housing and community development needs of Providence citizens is currently being gathered throughout the City.
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NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
The City of Providence is now accepting applications for Program Year 2020 (7/1/2020-6/30/2021) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons Living with AIDS (HOPWA) funding. Approximately $4.0 million in CDBG, $900,000 in HOME, and $1,000,000 in HOPWA is estimated to be available for this round, pending receipt of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding agreements for 2020.
All applications for Housing, HOPWA, Public Facilities, Economic Development, and Public Service grants under these programs must be received by the City of Providence through its online grants management system (http://grants.providenceri.com) by 11:59 PM on February 28, 2020.
Submitted applications will be evaluated based on the criteria described in the Notice of Funding Availability that can be found at https://www.providenceri.gov/planning/community-development/.
Additionally, an Application Workshop will be held February 10, 2020 from 10am-12pm at 444 Westminster Street (1st Floor) should potential applicants wish to learn more about applying for CDBG and other HUD funds.
For more information, please contact the Department of Planning & Development, Housing & Community Development Division at 401-680-8400 or Division Director Emily Freedman at .