In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the City of Radford has been awarded an additional $74,893 in Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV3) funding to allocate to activities that address COVID-19 related community needs.
A Substantial Amendment to the PY 2019 Annual Action Plan is required. The substantial amendment will program the CDBG-CV3 funds to support Public Service Agencies that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The substantial amendments may be viewed on the City’s website. www.radfordva.gov.
City Council will consider approval of this substantial amendment at their June 28, 2021 meeting.
The Cares Act has loosened some requirements for the purpose of an expedited use of the CDBG-CV funding. Usually a thirty (30) day public comment period is required however, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has waived this requirement provided that no less than five (5) days are provided for public comments on each substantial amendment. In addition, the Cares Act bill eliminates the cap on the amount of funds a grantee can spend on public services and removes the requirement to hold in-person public hearings in order to comply with national and local social gather requirements. The bill also allows grantees to apply the waiver of statutory regulations to 2019 and 2020 CDBG allocations.
Public comments are encouraged and should be submitted to Melissa Skelton, Community Development Director for the City of Radford at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. The Public Comment Period runs from Saturday, June 19, 2021 through Friday, June 25, 2021. All comments received will be included in the substantial amendment that is submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.