County to hold public hearings on Community Development Block Grants

by Carol Thompson

The County of Oswego is sponsoring two public hearings to inform residents about The Oswego County Community Development Block Grant application.

These public hearings are intended to discuss Oswego County’s community development needs and priorities. The needs of low and moderate income persons will be discussed, according to a notice included in the agenda for the Aug. 9 meeting of the Oswego County Legislature.

At the hearings an overview of the grant program will be given; there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and make suggestions; a brief description of the grant process and timeline for accepting applications and making grant award announcement; discussion of primary and national objectives; information about plans to minimize displacement that may occur as a result of grant funding; opportunities for citizen involvement in the program process; and an invitation for written comments and how to submit such comments and information.

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are offered to Oswego County in an annual competitive round. Counties can apply for up to $750,000. The categories for CDBG application are: Community Development Funding, Economic Development Assistance, Imminent Threat, Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Program Administration. CDBG Housing Activities include: Housing Rehabilitation, Direct Homeownership Assistance and Residential Water/Wastewater System Assitance.

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