posted on: 2/8/2018

For over 35 years, the City of Dover has been a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community. This program supports initiatives designed to assist those in greatest need throughout the community. The annual CDBG funding Dover receives helps support a wide range of community development activities intended to revitalize neighborhoods, support economic development, and provide improved community facilities and services.

The City created a consolidated plan that serves as a road map to guide the use of CDBG funds. The current plan was adopted in 2015 with a goal of creating a viable urban environment through the improvement of housing and employment opportunities for low- and very low-income people, and also to improve and/or expand public facilities and services.

Each year, the City develops an annual action plan (AAP) that identifies funding allocations for specific programs and projects to help achieve the goals of the consolidated plan. This plan is developed based upon federal and local guidelines, which require a formal application to the City, adherence to specific reporting and usage requirements, and are for programs and projects which will improve the lives of low- to moderate-income residents. The Planning Board shapes the plan, with input from City staff, and the City Council approves the plan.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing to review the proposed fiscal year 2019 AAP. The public is invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. Following the public hearing, the Planning Board will deliberate on the allocation and will develop a funding allocation for the various requests. These requests will be voted on at a separate meeting. The Planning Board’s decision will then be forwarded as a recommendation to the City Council, which will also hold a public hearing.  

Planning Board to hold public hearing on annual community grant program

posted on: 2/8/2018

For over 35 years, the City of Dover has been a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community. This program supports initiatives designed to assist those in greatest need throughout the community. The annual CDBG funding Dover receives helps support a wide range of community development activities intended to revitalize neighborhoods, support economic development, and provide improved community facilities and services.

The City created a consolidated plan that serves as a road map to guide the use of CDBG funds. The current plan was adopted in 2015 with a goal of creating a viable urban environment through the improvement of housing and employment opportunities for low- and very low-income people, and also to improve and/or expand public facilities and services.

Each year, the City develops an annual action plan (AAP) that identifies funding allocations for specific programs and projects to help achieve the goals of the consolidated plan. This plan is developed based upon federal and local guidelines, which require a formal application to the City, adherence to specific reporting and usage requirements, and are for programs and projects which will improve the lives of low- to moderate-income residents. The Planning Board shapes the plan, with input from City staff, and the City Council approves the plan.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing to review the proposed fiscal year 2019 AAP. The public is invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. Following the public hearing, the Planning Board will deliberate on the allocation and will develop a funding allocation for the various requests. These requests will be voted on at a separate meeting. The Planning Board’s decision will then be forwarded as a recommendation to the City Council, which will also hold a public hearing.

In the past, this funding has provided operating resources for local shelters, daycare providers and educational facilities. Funding has also been used for infrastructure improvements to assist with accessibility challenges and improve mobility within and around public and private buildings. Finally, the City has used these funds to promote economic development through low-interest loans, available for job creation and retention within Dover.

A copy of the proposed FY19 AAP can be found at the Planning and Community Development Department located at City Hall, 288 Central Avenue, Dover, NH.

In addition to the public hearing, questions and comments can be submitted Dave Carpenter, Community Development Planner, at d.carpenter@dover.nh.gov or 603-516-6008.