BURRILLVILLE — The second of two public hearings to discuss eligible projects in the town's 2013 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application will be held March 27.
The public hearing takes place at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 105 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, and will give residents one last chance to offer input on which projects should be prioritized in the town's grant application, due in April. Town Planner Thomas J. Kravitz will be on hand to discuss the grant application.
This year, the town is applying for $300,000 in funding, which is the maximum amount the town can apply for. After public comment, the Town Council will prioritize projects and then vote to submit the application to the state by a deadline of April 19.
This year, the town is considering making an application for:
• Housing rehabilitation loan program;
• Burrillville Housing Authority - water supply tank replacement;
• Pascoag Redevelopment District – partial remediation of former Mobil gas station property;
• Community Housing Land Trust housing programs;
• R.I. Center for Law & Public Policy – legal services for low- to moderate-income seniors;
The state-administered CDBG program provides funds for a wide range of affordable housing, community redevelopment and commercial business assistance activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services. The 33-year-old federal grant program is administered by the state, which must ensure that at least 70 percent of its CDBG funds are used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
CDBG, like other block grant programs, differ from categorical grants, made for specific purposes, in that they are subject to less federal oversight and are largely used at the discretion of the state and local governments and their subgrantees. CDBG funds are allocated to more than 1,100 local and state governments on a formula basis. Locally, the grants are determined by the Governor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.