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Public Hearing on Draft CDBG 5-Year and 1-Year Plans

The Town of Arlington is in the process of completing a 5-Year Consolidated Plan and 1-Year Annual Action Plan of for the Town’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In order to receive CDBG funds, the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan must be consistent with the primary objective of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, which is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income, and include stakeholder consultation.

The draft Consolidated Plan includes broad goals and objectives to address priority needs with resources available from HUD, including a 5-year strategy for use of CDBG funding in the Town of Arlington for the years 2020-2024. 

For Fiscal Year 2021 and for the purposes of the draft Annual Action Plan, the Town expects to receive approximately $1,121,767 in new grant funds from HUD for CDBG Program Year 46 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). Based on the requests for funds, monies will be allocated for Affordable Housing purposes, for Economic Development programs, for Public Service programs, for Public Facilities, Infrastructure, and Park projects, and for planning and general administration purposes. A budget, based on these recommendations, will be presented to Town Meeting. This budget is contingent upon Arlington’s final federal allocation.

A public hearing will be held to collect comments on the draft Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan on March 9, 2020, 7 PM – 8 PM in the Lyons Hearing Room, Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

The draft plans will be available for review and public comment Thursday, February 27, 2020 through Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Town of Arlington’s Department of Planning and Community Development, Town Hall Annex, 730 Mass Ave, Arlington (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8 AM – 4 PM; Thursday 8 AM – 7 PM; and Friday 8 AM – 12 PM). The draft plans can also be viewed on the CDBG website. 

All comments received on the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan will be considered, and included in the final plans sent to HUD along with the Town’s responses. Comments may be emailed to ezwirko@town.arlington.ma.us  or sent in writing by March 30, 2020 by 4 PM to the Town of Arlington, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476, attn: Erin Zwirko. 
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