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12 Oct Request for Public Comment and Notice of Virtual Public Hearing

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) is making substantial amendment 1 to the 2020-2021 Action Plan, Program Year 3 to the 2018-2023 Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan (Consolidated Plan) to allocate $3,240,899 to address emergency community development needs resulting from tornados, wind damage and the flooding that impacted multiple communities in Nashville-Davidson County in March and May 2020 (two major disaster declarations DR-4476-TN and DR-4550-TN). This notice is 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 the waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of the 30-day public comment allowing it to be reduced to five days given the need to expedite the completion of the action plan amendment to respond to the disaster.

Funding for this award was made available through the Declared Disaster Recovery Fund (DDRF), authorized under section 106(c)(4) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, which enables the Secretary to use recaptured Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the purpose of furthering recovery efforts in the wake of presidentially-declared major disasters. Such funds may only be made available to metropolitan cities and urban counties in areas affected by such disasters to meet emergency community development needs not met with other sources of assistance.

The DDRF funds are being allocated to housing rehabilitation and ancillary activities including  reconstruction activities for properties determined not-feasible for rehabilitation, acquisition/rehab to preserve affordable housing, relocation, as applicable,  and delivery costs along with project management. Activities will benefit a minimum of 51% of low- to moderate-income (LMI) households whose homes were damaged from the storms that hit Metro Nashville-Davidson County identified in Presidential disaster declarations (DR-4476-TN and DR-4550-TN).

The public is hereby notified that this amendment is available for review through this notice.

Virtual Public Hearing: MDHA will host a virtual public hearing on this amendment at 2 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, via Webex.

The link to the Webex is listed below:

https://nashville-mdha.webex.com/nashville-mdha/j.php?MTID=m6f083b75acafd23a65692efecc737333

Public Comment Period: The draft substantial amendment 1 to its 2020-2021 Action Plan to allocate these funds to be used for housing rehabilitation and ancillary activities for properties damaged from the storms defined in the Disaster Declarations was made available for public examination and comment on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

Members   of   the   public   may   download   copies   from   MDHA’s website at www.nashville-mdha.org/consolidated-plan or request copies by contacting the MDHA Community Development Department at 615-252-8505 or Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 615-252-8599.

MDHA will receive written comments through 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. See below for various ways to submit comments:

–     Electronically at consolidatedplan@nashville-mdha.org;

–     Faxed to 615-252-8533 (Attention: Consolidated Plan);

–     Mailed to MDHA Community Development Department, Attention: Consolidated Plan, P.O. Box 846, Nashville, TN 37202. Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than Oct. 16, 2020;

–     Hand-delivered via a drop box outside MDHA’s Community Development Department, Attention: Consolidated Plan, 712 S. Sixth St., Nashville TN 37206.

Purpose and Anticipated Resources:  This is substantial amendment 1 to the 2020-2021 Action Plan to allocate Declared Disaster Recover Funds (DDRF) to eligible projects/activities to enable Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County to receive and administer $3,240,899 to address emergency community development needs resulting from tornados, wind damage and the flooding that impacted multiple communities in Nashville-Davidson County in March and May 2020 (two major disaster declarations DR-4476-TN and DR-4550-TN).

Request for Accommodations:  MDHA makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to assist persons with disabilities. Any person needing assistance in accessing this information or who has other needs that require special accommodations may contact 615-252-8562 or TDD at 615-252-8599.