Community Development

Draft FY2019 Annual Action and Five-Year Consolidated Plans


17 MAY 2019. The City of Morgantown will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., prevailing time, in City Council Chambers, City Hall, 389 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV to present and accept comments for the following Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program planning documents:

The City intends to submit its FY 2019 Annual Action Plan in the amount of $405,785 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the FY 2019-2023 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Update to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or before Friday, June 21, 2019.

In order to obtain comments from residents, public agencies, and other interested parties, these documents have been placed on public display from Friday, May 17, 2019 through Monday, June 17, 2019  at the links above. Hard copies are also available for review at the following locations:

Development Services Office
389 Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV 26505

Morgantown Public Library
373 Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV 26505

BOPARC Senior Center

287 Eureka Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505

BOPARC Office
799 E Brockway Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26505

These documents were prepared after conducting a public hearing on the housing and community development needs, meetings with stakeholders, meetings with housing provider agencies, meetings with City staff and officials, and the results of a city-wide survey questionnaire.  These documents will be available during normal business hours of operation for a period of thirty (30) days until Monday, June 17, 2019 and will then be presented to the Morgantown City Council on or about Tuesday, June 18, 2019 for approval.

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 proposed use of Federal funds under the FY 2019-2023 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan, and the City’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Update.  Written or oral comments may be directed to Mr. Christopher M. Fletcher, Director of Development Services, until Monday, June 17, 2019, at City of Morgantown, 389 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505 or via phone at 304-284-7431.  For persons who may have a hearing impediment, please contact 7-1-1 for the TTY/TTD relay.

Responsibilities


The Community Development Division is responsible for working with public agencies and local housing and social service providers to implement the City's federal Community Development Block Grant (C.D.B.G.) program goals and objectives to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is an entitlement program administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  CDBG is one of HUD’s the longest-running programs and funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development serving low-to-moderate income residents and in designated eligible areas or neighborhoods.

Who receives CDBG funds?
HUD considers communities with populations greater than 50,000 as entitlement communities. Entitlement communities receive a CDBG grant annually from HUD. HUD calculates the amount of CDBG grant funds for entitlement communities based on population size and the number of low-to-moderate income persons in the community. The City of Morgantown has received CDBG Entitlement Grant funds since entering the program in 2005. The entitlement amount changes each year, but is typically more than $300,000. 

Applicant agencies (subrecipients) are awarded funding on an annual competitive basis to implement activities meeting the eligible criteria as established by HUD and the Goals and Objectives as defined in the City’s Consolidated Plan. The CDBG program year is July 1 through June 30 each year; the same as the City’s fiscal year.

Community Development Block Grant Materials