PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
CITY OF MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA
FY 2017 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT AND
HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS
Notice is hereby given that the City of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM, prevailing time, in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers, Martinsburg City Hall, 232 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401. The Martinsburg City Hall and the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers are accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate residents in order for them to participate in the public hearing, please call Ms. Nancy Strine, Community Development Administrator, City of Martinsburg, at (304) 264-2131, ext 278 to make those arrangements.
The purpose of this public hearing is to discuss the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Entitlement funds through the Eastern Panhandle HOME Consortium, and the housing and community development and economic development needs of the City of Martinsburg, WV. Based on last year’s funding, the City of Martinsburg anticipates to be notified by the U.S. Department of HUD that it is eligible to receive a CDBG entitlement grant in the amount of approximately $276,983 for FY 2017. HOME funding for the Eastern Panhandle HOME Consortium should be approximately $329,825 in FY 2017. These funding levels are contingent upon the final approval of the Federal Budget for FY 2017. The City doesn’t anticipate notice of funding allocation until Spring of 2017. In order to receive those funds, the City of Martinsburg must prepare a One Year Annual Action Plan for the use of Federal funds. At least 70% of the CDBG funds must benefit low- and moderate-income persons living in the City of Martinsburg. The City will be preparing its CDBG and HOME application and it intends to afford residents, local agencies, and interested parties the opportunity to become involved in the planning process.
The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG program:
Acquisition of property; disposition costs; improvements to public facilities, including the removal of architectural barriers; demolition and environmental clean-up; public services that are new or a quantifiable increase in the level of service; interim assistance; relocation payments for persons displaced as a result of a CDBG activity; rehabilitation of houses; code enforcement; special economic development activities; special activities undertaken by a community based development organization; home ownership assistance for purchase; planning; environmental; program administration; audit; and other miscellaneous activities.
The following types of activities may be eligible for HOME funding: acquisition of property, rehabilitation of housing; new construction of housing; downpayment and closing costs; tenant based rental assistance; administration; and other miscellaneous activities.
If the City would undertake an activity that would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City would utilize its policy for minimizing such displacement. Furthermore, the City is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of the expenditure of CDBG funds.
All interested residents are encouraged to attend this public hearing and they will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the needs of the City of Martinsburg and the use of CDBG and HOME funds to address those needs over the next fiscal year. Written comments may be addressed to Ms. Nancy Strine, Community Development Administrator, City of Martinsburg, 232 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
George Karos, Mayor
City of Martinsburg
The Community Development Department administers two federal housing and community development programs – the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME).
The City of Martinsburg became an entitlement community for the CDBG program in 2004.
In 2007, the City also became a Participating Jurisdiction under the HOME program for affordable housing. The City is the lead member and administrator of the Eastern Panhandle HOME Consortium of West Virginia.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Community Development Director at:
City of Martinsburg
Attn: Community Development Director
232 North Queen Street, 2nd Floor
Martinsburg, WV 25401
(304) 264-2131 Ext. 278
(304) 264-2136 Fax