Citizen participation wanted: Schools Task Force & CDBG

Tonight there’s a meeting of the School District’s President’s Task Force on Facilities at the Middle School beginning at 7 pm in the LGI Meeting Room. Go to take a tour and learn more about the building and its operations. This will be the last tour of the schools and then the discussions and analysis will begin. The current meeting schedule into the spring can be found here.

Tomorrow night, the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Development invites local citizens to attend a Citizen Participation Meeting to be held Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., at the Montgomery County Community College, West Campus, 101 College Drive, (Conference Room 221), South Hall, Pottstown, PA.

The meeting will allow citizens a time to present and discuss projects for which your municipality may apply for in the FY 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program, Emergency Shelter Grants, (ESG) Program, and/or Home Investment Partnerships Program, (HOME). Local non-profit organizations are also invited to attend and participate in this meeting.

From the County’s website: “The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is an entitlement funding from HUD for the purpose of promoting community revitalization throughout the country.

CDBG funds are used for a wide range of community development activities including acquisition, rehabilitation, disposition, relocation, clearance, demolition, removal of architectural barriers, historical restoration, planning activities, public works projects, infrastructure improvements, public services, housing activities, new construction, and economic development.

Eligible activities must meet one of the CDBG’s three national objectives: (1) to benefit low- and moderate-income persons (primary objective); (2) to aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and (3) to meet other community development needs that present a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community. Over a 1-3 year period, at least 70% of the funds spent by a grantee must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons.”

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