FIRST PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
FFY 2020 OR 2021 COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS
Hernando County is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) for one or more Small Cities Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for up to Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000.00) in the Regular (Neighborhood or Housing or Commercial) Category and in the Economic Development Category for up to one million five- hundred thousand ($1,500,000) or more. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes:
1. To benefit low- and moderate-income persons; or
2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or
3. To meet other community development needs of a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community
The categories of activities for which these grant funds may be used are in the areas of housing, neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization and/or economic development. Specific improvements can include such activities as acquisition of real property, construction of public infrastructure such as roads, parks or sewer mains, rehabilitation of houses and commercial buildings and/or energy conservation. Additional information regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be provided at the public hearing. The County is seeking public input into CDBG eligible needs in the unincorporated County limits. The categories and options shall be presented to the public, and public comments heard before the recommendations of staff or consultants may be heard.
In developing an application for submission to FDEO, Hernando County must plan to minimize displacement of persons because of planned CDBG activities. In addition, Hernando County is required to develop a plan to assist displaced persons.
The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community’s economic and community development needs will be held on Thursday, February 17th, 2022, at 5:30pm in the Hernando County Library located at 238 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL. For information concerning the public hearing or to submit written comments contact Ms. Veda Ramirez at phone: (352) 540-4338 or email: [email protected]
The public hearing is being conducted in a disability accessible location. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing or any disabled person requiring special accommodations or an interpreter for the hearing or visually impaired should contact Ms. Veda Ramirez by phone: (352) 540-4338 or email: [email protected] at least five (5) calendar days prior to the meeting and accommodations will be provided.
Fair Housing/Disability Access Jurisdiction and Equal Opportunity Employer