The City of Dunkirk is a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement community grantee. This grant is provided to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.
Entitlement communities are required to develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, the City of Dunkirk is required to give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. As a grantee, the City may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.
The City of Dunkirk develops an annual action plan for presentation to HUD and every three years develops a Consolidated Plan for HUD approval. Information including copies of these very important documents, can be found on this website and additional questions can be directed to the City of Dunkirk Department of Development at (716) 366-9878.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is CDBG?
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The City of Dunkirk is an Entitlement Community. Click here for more information on Entitlement Communities.
What can be funded?
CDBG is geared to benefit low-to moderate-income people, areas and jobs. Programs that are always funded include: Economic Development, Housing Rehabilitation, Infrastructure and services such as Youth Services, Senior Services and Employment training. Click here for a list of all eligible programs. Click here for more details and definitions on each program.
Who can be funded?
70% of CDBG allocations must be used on low-to moderate-income people, ares and jobs. Each Project and activity must meet a National Objective, which is to HUD is CDBG’s accomplishment. Click here for accomplishments and National Objectives that must be met by these projects.
Program Year 2020 CDBG Projects:
Dunkirk Historical Society: Historical Museum Renovation.
Chautauqua County Land Bank: Housing Acquisition / Rehab / Resale
Dunkirk Public Library: After School Snack Program
Boys & Girls Club: After School Program
Chautauqua Opportunities Inc.,: Housing Rehab
Salvation Army: Food Pantry
CHRIC: 1st Time Homebuyer Closing Cost / Down Payment Assistance
CHRIC: Roof Repair Assistance
CHRIC: Housing Acquisition / Rehab / Resale
Access to the Arts: ADAMS Center for Collaborative Design building rehab
City of Dunkirk: Wright Park Phase II, Demolitions, City-Wide Tree Planting, Program Administration, and NRG Reuse Feasibility study.
The City of Dunkirk will hold a public hearing on July 7, 2021 at 1:30pm of Public Hearing for the purpose of hearing public comments on the City of Dunkirk’s community development needs, and to discuss the possible submission of one or more Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for the Current Year program year. The City of Dunkirk’s Department of Planning and Development is proposing a Public Broadband project to the New York State Community Development Block Grant Program through the NY Office of Community Renewal. The City is requesting $103,500 of PY2020 CDBG CARES act funds to install broadband wifi hotspots and solar cellular device charging stations at Point Gratiot, Dunkirk Pier, and Wright Parks. Drafts of the plan will be available starting Monday, June 28, 2021 at the City Clerk and Development Department Offices and posted online at www.cityofdunkirk.com.
The hearing will provide further information about the CDBG program and will allow for citizen participation in the development of the application and/or to provide technical assistance to develop alternate proposals. Comments on the CDBG program or proposed project(s) will be received at this time. The hearing is being conducted pursuant to Section 570.486, Subpart I of the CFR and in compliance with the requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. The location of hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, those with hearing impairments, or those in need of translation from English, those individuals should contact list Jill Meaux at email@example.com, at least one week in advance of the hearing date to allow for necessary arrangements. Written comments may also be submitted to Jill Meaux at firstname.lastname@example.org until Midnight, July 11, 2021.
The City of Dunkirk is a Grantee of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1974, as amended. As a Grantee of CDBG funds, the City will fund housing and community development programs and projects in conjunction with the 2021 City Annual Action Plan that will benefit low- and moderate –income City residents. City businesses and organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program. The City anticipates an allocation of approximately $400,000.00 for the 2021 program year.
LEGAL NOTICE: Public Meeting Scheduled to present the City of Dunkirk’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY2021 Draft Annual Action Plan.
The City of Dunkirk will hold a community participation meeting to present the 2021 Draft Annual Action Plan and solicit ideas regarding the upcoming Annual Action Plan that will be submitted to the Department of Housing & Urban Development. The public meeting will be held at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, June 23 at the Mayor’s Conference Room, 342 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, New York. As a grantee of CDBG funds, the City of Dunkirk annually develops an Annual Action Plan to talk about the future of CDBG spending. The 2021 Draft Annual Action Plan may be reviewed in the Department of Development, 338 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, New York, or on the City of Dunkirk website www.cityofdunkirk.com. The public comment period opened Saturday, July 5 and will end on Sunday, July 4th. Any comments should be directed to Jill Meaux by email at jmeaux@cityof dunkirk.com or phone at 716.366.9879.
CDBG applications are now available online here or in the Department of Development, 338 Central Ave, Suite 210 and the Clerk’s Office.
The City of Dunkirk will hold a public meeting to give city residents, businesses and organizations an opportunity to discuss and suggest possible programs and projects that would benefit low- and moderate- income City residents. The public hearing will be held at 3:00 PM on Monday, March 22nd in the Mayor’s Conference Room, 342 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, New York.
CDBG Applications are due in the Planning and Development Office by 4:00pm on Friday, May 7th. No late applications will be accepted. Any comments or questions should be directed to Jill Meaux by email at email@example.com or phone: 716-366-9878
NOTICE: The City of Dunkirk’s Department of Planning and Development is preparing the 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Designated as a CDBG entitlement community by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City annually qualifies for grant funding from HUD for housing and community development projects. Each year the City is required to complete a CAPER report that summarizes program accomplishments for the preceding program year. A draft of the 2019 CAPER will be available for public viewing on November 12, 2020 and open for public comment beginning on November 16, 2020. The 15-day public comment period will close at midnight November 30, 2020. A public hearing has been scheduled for November 19, 2020 at 1:30 in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall where the draft CAPER will be available for public review and comment. Copies of the draft CAPER will also be available in the Clerk’s office and Planning and Development office/website during the public comment period. Community input is an essential part of the CDBG program. Dunkirk residents are encouraged to share their comments on the CAPER report. Any questions or comments should be directed to Jill Meaux, Community Development Planner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 716-366-9878.
NOTICE: A Public Hearing on proposed revisions to the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Annual Action Plans will take place on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 1:30pm in the Mayor's Conference Room, City Hall, 342 Central Avenue. These proposed revisions are posted for public review in the Bulletin Board section below. Please send any comments to Jill Meaux at email@example.com. The 30 day public comment period for these revisions will run from September 3, 2020 through October 3, 2020.
A public hearing to for comment on the DRAFT 2020 Annual Action Plan and 2021 - 2023 Consolidated Plan will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1:30PM in the Mayor's Conference Room, City Hall, 342 Central Avenue. Comments will be accepted until August 3, 2020.
CDBG 2021-2023 Consolidated Plan / 2020 Annual Action Plan Public Hearings:
July 15, 2020, 1:30pm-Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall, 342 Central Avenue
April 1, 2020, 9:30am: Technical Assistance Meeting for interested applicants. *Due to COVID-19, this meeting will take place as a teleconference. The dial in number is 1-978-990-5000 / Access code 545671
March 3, 2020, 3:30pm: Dunkirk Public Library, 536 Central Avenue
March 2, 2020, 9:30am: Mayor's Conference Room, City Hall, 342 Central Avenue
February 3, 2020, 4:30pm: Mayor's Conference Room, City Hall, 342 Central Avenue
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