Community Development Block Grants
Beginning in 2020, the City of Twin Falls will receive grant funds for housing and community development activities from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Known as Community Development Block Grants, these funds can be used for affordable housing, public services, public facility and infrastructure improvements, and economic development. Projects funded through the CDBG program must help meet goals of providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. Click here for a quick fact sheet about the national CDBG program.
To understand local needs related to housing, economic and community development, and homelessness, the City is working to develop a Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. These plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
CONSOLIDATED PLAN, ANNUAL ACTION PLAN, AND FAIR HOUSING ANALYSIS
The City of Twin Falls invites members of the public to review and offer comments on its draft 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, 2020 Annual Action Plan, Citizen Participation Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
The City of Twin Falls’ Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan identify the city’s community development and affordable housing needs and set priorities for investment of federal grant funds to address them. These plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City to receive federal money through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Twin Falls will receive $340,897 in CDBG funding and $403,407 in CDBG-CV (COVID response) funding for its 2020-2021 program year.
PY2020 Community Development Block Grant Budget
1. Housing Rehabilitation (CDBG) $100,000
2. Sidewalks and ADA Ramps (CDBG) $121,584
3. Public Services (CDBG) $51,134
4. Program Administration (CDBG and CDBG-CV) $148,860
5. Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing (CDBG-CV) $100,000
6. Meals on Wheels and TFSD Food Pantry (CDBG-CV) $60,000
7. Twin Falls Crisis Center (CDBG-CV) $50,000
8. Other Critical Public Services (CDBG-CV) $112,726
Total CDBG Budget $340,897
Total CDBG-CV Budget $403,407
Additionally, the City has prepared a Citizen Participation Plan and fair housing study as required by HUD. The Citizen Participation Plan outlines the policies and procedures the City will follow in informing and engaging Twin Falls residents with the CDBG program. The fair housing analysis identifies barriers to equal access to housing and proposes fair and affordable housing strategies to overcome those impediments.
Public Review Period
The Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, Citizen Participation Plan, and Analysis of Impediments will be available for public review and comment for a 30-day period from Friday, March 12 to Monday, April 12, 2021. The documents can be viewed or downloaded below:
The City will hold a public hearing to present information from the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, Citizen Participation Plan, and Analysis of Impediments and to receive comments from the public regarding the draft. Twin Falls will hold an online meeting open to the general public on Thursday, March 25 at 6 PM. You can join the sessions online through Zoom [LINK]. You can also join by phone by calling 253-215-8782 and using meeting ID 828 7820 4477.
To Make Comments
A 30-day public comment period on the drafts will be provided through from Friday, March 12 to Monday, April 12, 2021. Comments concerning the plans can be submitted to the City in writing by 5 pm on Monday, April 12, 2021. Comments may be sent to Mandi Thompson, Assistant to the City Manager, by email to email@example.com, or by mail to City of Twin Falls City Manager Department, 203 Main Avenue East, Twin Falls, ID 83301. Alternatively, comments may be made orally at the public hearing described above. All comments received will be included with the Plan in submission to HUD.
Following the public comment period, the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan will go before City Council for approval prior to submission to HUD.
If you anticipate needing any type of accommodations or language translation or interpretation assistance to participate, please contact Mandi Thompson, Assistant to the City Manager, 208-735-7237, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.