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  Regular   2.       
Meeting Date: 09/27/2021  
TITLE:    Public Hearing for the FY2020-2021 Draft Comprehensive Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) and Community Needs
PRESENTED BY: Brenda Beckett
Department: Planning & Community Services  

RECOMMENDATION
Staff recommends Council hold a public hearing to receive input on the City’s draft CAPER and to obtain public comment on community needs to assist the Community Development Board in designing the application process for the upcoming program year. No further action is required at this time.

 
BACKGROUND (Consistency with Adopted Plans and Policies, if applicable)
As a recipient of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) funding, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires City staff to submit a performance report within 90 days following June 30, the end of the program year. This report is called the Comprehensive Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER).

As part of the community review process, City staff must make the report available for public comment for a minimum 15-day period, scheduled from September 11 through September 27, 2021. A notice of the availability of the draft report has been published online and provided to community partners and stakeholders. The drafted CAPER has been provided as an attachment to this report. Updated versions may be viewed online at www.BillingsMT.gov/caper.
STAKEHOLDERS
Stakeholders for this process and programs include: Public and private agencies that provide: assisted housing; health, social, and fair housing services; low-income families and individuals; persons with disabilities; elderly persons; children; persons with HIV/AIDS and their families; those experiencing homelessness; and racial and ethnic minorities.
ALTERNATIVES
City Council's only option is to hold the public hearing in order continue receiving CDBG and HOME funds and to comply with Federal law.
FISCAL EFFECTS
The annual performance report summarizes the City’s progress in achieving the goals of its five-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan for FY2020-2021. The City received $657,820 in new federal CDBG funding and $349,053 in new HOME funding to carry out home buyer / repair and poverty-impact initiatives.

The Community Development Board has made a request to obtain input on community needs prior to developing an application for next year’s federal funding allocation. Routine resources allocated to the City include entitlement funds like CDBG and HOME as described above. Additional pandemic-response resources have been allocated to the City including CDBG-CV and HOME-ARP. These allocation balances are as follows:
  • CDBG-CV - $554,586 - Remaining after initial project allocation for Salvation Army Program and Downtown Billings public restroom project.
  • HOME-ARP - $1,211,321 - Allocated but not yet able to program per delay in HUD guidance.


 
SUMMARY
Staff recommends Council hold a public hearing to receive input on the City’s Draft CAPER and current community needs.  

Attachments
FY20-21 Draft CAPER
CD Draw & Time Tracking Procedures


    

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