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Input on Community Development Block Grant projects wanted


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Public hearings will be held this week regarding Community Development Block Grant.

On the city website, it said the purpose of these public hearings is to report on past CDBG program activities and to receive public input on community development needs and suggestions for future CDBG projects.

The City of Roswell will hold its 2018 Community Development Block Grant public hearings as follows:

Tuesday, March 27, 5 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 201 S. Garden Ave.

Wednesday, March 28, 10 a.m., Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m., Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

The Community Development Block Grant program was established in 1974 to assist communities in providing essential community facilities and decent housing for residents, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment. The State of New Mexico estimates a 2018 appropriation of $10.5 million to be distributed statewide on a competitive basis.

State and national objectives of the CDBG Program require that assistance is made available for activities that address at least one of the following:

1) An activity identified as principally benefiting people of low and moderate income.

2) Aid in the prevention and elimination of slums and blight.

3) Meet other community development needs of recent origin having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.

Applications are limited to a maximum of $500,000 without certified cost estimates and $750,000 with certified cost estimates, except for planning applications which have a limit of $50,000.

Eligible activities and categories will be described at the hearings. All interested parties are invited to attend, to submit project ideas, to provide supporting data and testimony and other pertinent information.

With sufficient notice, a translator will be provided for non-English speaking residents. Those unable to attend the public hearings may email written comments to Planning Manager William Morris at b.morris@roswell-nm.gov or mail to Morris at City of Roswell at 415 N. Richardson Ave with zip code 88201.

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