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Goshen collecting comments on the use of block grant funds

The funds are set aside to address housing and development issues.

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:32 p.m.

GOSHEN — The city of Goshen wants to hear from residents about a plan to use grant funds to improve housing opportunities, access to services and neighborhood revitalization.

An action plan for the city’s Community Development Block Grant will be available for public review beginning Monday, March 17, at three locations. The program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides cities with funds to address housing and development needs.

The plan will be available at the mayor’s office, 202 S. Fifth St.; Goshen Public Library, 601 S. Fifth St.; and the Goshen City Planning Office, 204 E. Jefferson St.,  suite 4.

The plan is also posted online at goshenindiana.org/content/community-development-block-grant.

In 2014, the city expects to receive about $245,000 in block grant funds, $15,000 in program income and $25,000 in unused money that has accumulated from previous years.

Proposed uses for the funds include $39,000 for services to low- and moderate-income households and residents in the city. The city wants to use $100,500 to rehabilitate owner-occupied homes owned by low- and moderate-income individuals and apply another $100,500 for public facilities and improvements in the Dickerson Landing neighborhood. The remaining $45,000 would be used for planning, general administration, environmental reviews and an audit.

The city will have a public hearing for the plan at 7 p.m. April 1 during the regular city council meeting at the council chambers in the Goshen Police and Courts Building, 111 E. Jefferson St. The hearing will include a review of the proposed plan and a review of the 2013 plan plus an opportunity for citizen comment.

Non-English speaking individuals and others needing special assistance to participate in the hearing should contact the city as soon as possible.

Comments can be mailed to Rhonda Yoder at the Goshen City Planning Office, 204 E. Jefferson St., Suite 4, Goshen, IN 46528. Yoder is also accepting comments by phone at 574-537-3815 and via email at rhondayoder@goshencity.com. Comments must be submitted between March 17 and April 15. A summary of comments will be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Proposed 2014 Community Development Block Grant plan for Goshen

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