Grant: $181,809 - Department of Housing and Urban Development - Jul. 23, 2009
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Award Description: Community Development. CDBG-R funding that will be used for Commercial Code Enforcement, Comprehensive Housing Rehab, and Alley-way repaving.
Project Description: Unfortunately, Middletown has issues regarding blighted properties and deteriorating infrastructure. The overall purpose of this funding is to help alleviate some of those issues. A code enforcement officer will be hired on a 6 month term to help reduce blight that exists on commercial properties that have code issues. Outcome measures will be based on the # of properties inspected vs the number of properties that had the violations abated as a result of the code enforcement. It is the City’s goal that 20% of the commercial property owners that will be sent violation letters will comply within 3 months of receiving the notice. The City has a goal that 50% of the commercial property will have some sort of abatement started within 12 months of the City receiving the CDBG-R funding.To help the issue of infrastructure, the City will be repaving deteriorated alley ways in CDBG LMA target areas. This activity will provide an estimated 5 construction jobs over an estimated 14 day period. Outcome measures for this project will be based on the total # of alleys able to get paved with this funding. Finally, to improve livability and encourage environmental responsibility, the City is providing a portion of the funding to senior citizens for comprehensive housing rehab work. The assistance is based on: 1.)These funds will be limited to senior citizens 65 years of age or older. 2.)The assistance will be structured as a lifetime deferred. 3.)The scope of rehab work will primary be to increase energy efficiency for the homeowner by means of replacing windows, HVAC, and or water heaters with energy star rated materials as well as providing proper insulation where needed. --This activity will provide temporary construction work that will average to an estimated 2 workers per jobs with each job averaging 10 weeks. The City is estimating this funding can provide this rehab assistance to 5 households. Outcome measures for this project will be based on the total households served.
Infrastructure Description: ---Preserving and creating jobs and promoting economic recovery: This activity will create temporary construction jobs and promote economic recovery by creating spending on labor and materials necessary to complete the required work. ---Assisting those most impacted by the recession: The recession has greatly impacted low-to-moderate income households. Repaving alley ways in these areas will improve the livability of these areas by reducing blight and improving housing accessibility. Over time, this will help improve property values and stabilize these neighborhoods. ---Providing investment needed to increase economic efficiency: This activity provides investment to the residents in the low-moderate areas of Middletown and will encourage responsible spending on both labor and materials. In order to obtain economic efficiency, the City must ensure its citizens not only have quality housing, but quality surroundings and accessibility to their property as well. ---Investing in transportation, environmental protection, or other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits: Investment into these areas to improve infrastructure such as these alley ways will not only improve property access and reduce blight, but will encourage home ownership in these areas, stabilize/increase property values in these areas, and improve the pride of homeownership to encourage self-sufficiency. ---Minimizing or avoiding reductions in essential services: These alleys have been in desperate need of repaving for a long time. Without this CDBG-R funding, it may not have been able to get done for many more years due to the revenue burden Cities like Middletown are facing. * The City of Middletown will use a portion of its CDBG-R allocation for repaving alley ways in CDBG LMA target areas. These alleys have been deteriorating for years and are in extreme disrepair. The current condition of these alleys is adding to overall blight and poor condition of the City’s housing stock. It is imperative the City repairs issues like this to ensure we are moving in the right direction. The current alley conditions encourage crime, overgrowth of brush, blight, and discourage new homeownership in these areas. The City is budgeting $69,314.50 of the CDBG-R grant to this activity which will be spent on materials and labor necessary to complete the project. Although the time to actually complete the work will take about 14 days, the City will spend several weeks surveying alley ways in the target areas to identify the greatest need. However, the City will have the funding for this activity spent within 120 days of receiving the funds. Repairs and improvements such as this will encourage more businesses and homeowners to live and operate in the LMI areas of Middletown which in turn will benefit everybody in the downtown and surrounding areas by creating more jobs and overall improvement of the housing stock. Repaving alley ways in these areas will improve the livability of these areas by reducing blight and improving housing accessibility. Over time, this will help improve property values and stabilize these neighborhoods. In order to obtain economic efficiency, the City must ensure its citizens not only have quality housing, but quality surroundings and accessibility to their property as well. This job will provide temporary construction work requiring an estimated 5 people per day for 14 days.
Jobs Summary: Due to the timing of receiving the CDBG-R line of credit in IDIS, the City has not yet completed any CDBG-R activities. However, activities are moving forward by the end of October 2009. The following is the City's estimates for jobs created over the next year with this funding. ESTIMATES: Commercial Code Enforcement Officer - 1 temporary employee hired on a 6 month term for 20 - 40 hours a week; Alley Repaving will provide work for an estimated 5 workers for a an estimated 14 working day period averaging 8 hours per day; Comprehensive Housing Rehab will provide temporary construction work averaging out to an estimated 2 workers per job each providing 16 hours of labor per week for each job. Each rehab activity has an estimated time to completion of 10 weeks. It is estimated this funding will provide 5 housing rehab activities. It is the City's goal to have 3 of those rehab activities to be completed within the second reporting quarter (4th calendar quarter) and the remaining 2 activities to be finished by the end of the 3rd reporting quarter (1st calendar quarter). Per OMB M-09-21 the above equates to the equivilant of 3.53 jobs in the fourth calendar quarter, 2.14 in the first 2010 calendar quarter, & .45 jobs in the second 2010 calendar quarter. For this quarter report, jobs are 0 (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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