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Residents Invited to Provide Feedback
The city will hold a public comment period followed by a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Staff have developed a long-term strategic plan and a one year plan that describe how the city will use these federal funds to help meet the needs of low-income population. Residents can provide feedback during the public comment period which will run from January 23 - February 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. or attend the public hearing on February 24th at 7:00 p.m. See below for more information.
The city of Thornton receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds each year to use for programs that assist low- to moderate-income residents.
What is CDBG?
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program allows eligible government agencies to fund housing and community development projects that benefit low- to moderate-income citizens. Projects may be completed by the city or through partnerships with nonprofits and housing service providers. Thornton has been receiving these funds since 1986 and new CDBG projects are approved each year by City Council.
How can Residents Participate?
Public participation in the CDBG process is highly encouraged. Residents are welcome to provide written feedback on proposed projects, plans and reports. The city is currently taking public comments on the 2015 - 2019 Consolidated Plan (long-term strategic plan) and the 2015 Annual Action Plan (identifies activities that the city will take on in 2015 including projects funded with CDBG). The draft Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan, including proposed projects, will be posted on the CDBG Housing Library webpage at the beginning of the public comment period. Residents can participate in two ways:
1. Provide comments during the 30-day public comment period that runs from Friday, January 23 through Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. To provide written feedback, residents can email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax comments to 303-538-7518.
2. Attend the City Council public hearing on February 24th at 7:00 p.m. Residents can provide comments by signing up on the register before the meeting and then they will be called up to the podium when the item is presented to Council. All City Council meetings are conducted at Thornton City Hall located at 9500 Civic Center Drive.
The City Hall is accessible to people with disabilities. If you are planning to attend the public meeting and require special assistance, please notify the Human Resources Division at 303-538-7245 at least one day in advance to the meeting. TDD access available through Colorado Relay at 711.
Examples of Previous Projects
The city receives approximately $500,000 each year to fund projects. All projects must serve low-to-moderate income residents or take place in a low income neighborhood. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies with potential projects are eligible to apply for the funding. We encourage organizations to contact Neighborhood Services staff to discuss project ideas and learn what will apply to specific projects.