The City of Troy has released its proposed Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) for 2010-2014 as well as its 2010-2011 Request for Proposals (RFP) for CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Program applications and several other programs. Applications for funding are due to Tim Mattice at City Hall by Wednesday, March 24, by noon. The Con Plan, the RFP and the application may be found at http://www.troyny.gov/departments/housing-community-development/5-year-consolidated-plan/.
The Con Plan serves as a planning guide to the City in the areas of housing, homelessness, community development and economic development. Furthermore, it helps the City prioritize how to spend its federal allocations of CDBG, HOME, and Emergency Shelter Grant funding, which together are estimated to be $14.5 million over the next five years.
In a departure from past Con Plans, where a variety of community service programs were funded to meet the varied needs of Troy’s residents, the City proposes to target its investment by stabilizing “its most challenged neighborhoods as a means to create citywide cohesiveness among al its neighborhoods” To accomplish this, funds would be targeted to infrastructure improvements such as streets, curbs, sidewalks, and trees, parks, greenspace, housing programs and commercial opportunities initially in several focus areas in South Troy, then in several areas in North Central.
The City Council will hold another public hearing on the Con Plan and the proposed One Year Action Plan on Thursday, April 1st at 5:30 PM. at Christ Church at 35 State Street. The Consolidated Plan and the One Year Action Plan must be approved and submitted to HUD by mid-May so that funds can be appropriated by the start of the City’s fiscal year beginning July 1st.