The Recovery Act appropriated $1 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-R) funds to states and local governments to carry out, on an expedited basis, eligible activities under the CDBG program.
The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development is making available for public comment a Substantial Amendment outlining the process by which the State of Maine allocation of $3,434,007 in Supplemental CDBG (CDBG-R) funding will be made available to stimulate the economy through measures that modernize the nation’s infrastructure, improve energy efficiency, and expanded educational opportunities and access to health care. HUD strongly urges grantees to use CDBG-R funds for hard development costs associated with infrastructure activities that provide basic services to residents or activities that provide energy efficiency and conservation through rehabilitation or retrofitting of existing buildings. While the full range of CDBG activities is available to grantees, the HUD strongly urges funding be used for shovel-ready projects which can be under construction within 120 days of CDBG-R funds being made available.
The Substantial Amendment will guide the State in distribution of funds towards meeting unmet infrastructure needs. This notice and publication on the Office of Community Development website and subsequent comments received from the public will serve to meet citizen participation requirements.
To view the Action Plan please go to the OCD website at www.meocd.org or to obtain a written copy, or to request the plan in an alternative format call Susan Bolduc at
207-624-7484, TTY 1-800-437-1220, e-mail: email@example.com.
Comments will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday June 26, 2009 and may be submitted in writing to Michael D. Baran at:
Office of Community Development 59 State House Station 111 Sewall Street Augusta, Maine 04333-0059;
via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A copy of the notice is attached.
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