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City of Waterloo CARES Act CDBG-CV Third Round Grant Public Notice to Amend the FY19-23 Five- Year Consolidated Plan February 18, 2021 In accordance with 24 CFR 91.05(c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Public Law 116-136, the Waterloo Community Development Department is making a substantial amendment to the FY19-23 Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the City of Waterloo, Iowa available to the public through this notice. This is an amendment to the 2019-2023 Community Development Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the City of Waterloo, Iowa to enable the City of Waterloo to receive and administer $344,732 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) third round funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Thru the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), the City of Waterloo Community Development has considered the following activities: Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance, Public Services, Assistance to Day Cares, General Administrative Program Funds and other COVID-19 response services that may be needed. Funding must be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. The City of Waterloo Community Development Department has revised the Community Development Citizen Participation Plan to include the allowance of a 5-day comment period instead of the 30-day comment period as well as include the use of virtual public hearings. The amended Community Development 2019-2023 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and revised Citizen Participation Plan is available for review (revisions will be highlighted) on the City of Waterloo Community Development website at: https://cityofwaterlooiowa.com/departments/community_development/index.php Public Comment Period and Process: The Consolidated Plan and Citizen Participation Plan Amendments are available for a 5-day public review and comment period from February 19-24. All comments received during the 5- day comment period will be considered and included in the Substantial Amendment. Citizens wishing to submit written comments during the public review and comment period may mail them, postmarked no later than February 24, 2021, to the following: City of Waterloo Community Development Attention: Rudy D. Jones, Community Development Director 620 Mulberry Street Suite 202 Waterloo, Iowa 50703 You may also email comments or objections no later than February 24, 2021 to CPD_COVID-19AmendmentOMA@HUD.gov. A virtual public hearing will be held in lieu of in-person hearings if the national or local health authorities recommend social distancing and limit public gatherings for public health reasons. If you would like to attend the virtual public hearing, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Community Development Office at 319-291-4429 to receive the information on how to attend the public hearing. The public hearing will be held on March 1, 2021 at 4:15 pm. Public notices regarding future amendments to the Consolidated Plan and subsequent public hearings will be printed in local newspapers and posted online on the City of Waterloo Community Development website at: https://cityofwaterlooiowa.com/departments/community_development/index.php Additional CDBG or HOME funds made available to the City by HUD through the CARES Act is unknown as this time but will be used for the same purpose of the initial allocations indicated above which is to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and facilitate assistance to eligible communities, households, and persons economically impacted by COVID-19. Background on the Consolidated Plan: The Consolidated Plan describes the housing and community development needs, as well as activities to address those needs through the City of Waterloo, as defined and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As required by HUD, the Consolidated Plan brings together, in one (1) consolidated submission, the planning and application aspects of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME).