The City of Chicago will post online for public comment beginning tomorrow its proposed use of $22.4 million in Community Development Block Grant Funds it will receive this year under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Funding available under the Recovery Act has clear purposes – to stimulate the economy through measures that modernize the nation's infrastructure, improve energy efficiency and expand educational opportunities and access to health care.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which administers this special allocation of Block Grant funds, has strongly urged grantees to propose activities that are consistent with the overall Recovery Act goals and promote job creation, energy efficiency and conservation.
In keeping with the stated intent of this funding, the City of Chicago is proposing to use the $22.4 million to fund a combination of programs that will create green jobs for "hard-to-employ" Chicago residents and help address home foreclosures in neighborhoods citywide.
"We are proposing seven innovative programs aimed at low to moderate income populations, that are designed to achieve multiple goals simultaneously. We want to help some of our most vulnerable residents get jobs and skills. We want to improve our communities and environment, and we want to protect families from losing their homes," said Ann McNabb, Acting Budget Director. "We think these seven programs will have resounding positive impacts on Chicago's families, businesses and communities."
The plan available for public comment beginning Thursday outlines the following programs:
Posting the intended uses of Community Development Block Grant funds online and accepting public comment is required by ARRA. It is the same process that the City is required to follow each year when it applies for the regular (non-ARRA) Community Development Block Grant funds.
Copies of the plans will also be available at public library branches and Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities locations.
Written comments should be addressed to the Office of Budget and Management, City Hall, Room 604, 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, Attention: Darlene Watkins.
E-mail comments should be sent to: email@example.com
Further information also can be obtained by calling the Office of Budget and Management, 312.744.6670, 312.744.3619 (TTY).
The city’s application for the funds must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) June 5. No funds can be spent until after HUD approval is granted.
For a description of all proposed city expenditures related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit www.cityofchicago.org/recovery