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June 17, 2020
The City of Santa Fe’s Office of Affordable Housing

 Seeks Public Comment On Amended 2019 Annual Action Plan

Public Invited To Review Proposed Changes Via City’s Website: https://www.santafenm.gov/hudrequiredreportingandplans.

A Virtual Public Hearing Will Be Held 7 p.m. June 24, 2020, At City Council Meeting To Discuss Using CARES Act Funding For Midtown Shelter

As one of the conditions for receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement funding from the Department of Housing And Urban Development (HUD), the City submits an annual Action Plan to describe proposed uses for the funding. Once the program year is underway, if uses of funds change by more than $25,000, the City must amend its Plan and seek public comment on the proposed change. This year the City is proposing to change those uses in order to support the short-term operation of the Midtown Shelter, and the public is invited to review the changes in funding.

The proposed changes can be reviewed on the City’s website: https://www.santafenm.gov/hudrequiredreportingandplans

Through the CARES Act, the City was entitled to a grant of $361,227 for the express purpose of mitigating public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible uses include: Public services to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, such as providing food and health care services for low-income residents (including special needs populations).

The amendment proposes to use the CARES Act funding to support the continued operations of the Midtown Shelter, located at the former Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus. The City created the shelter to provide a safe place for quarantine and recovery from COVID-19 to reduce the risk of an outbreak at local shelters and the rate of transmission among people without a home or a safe place to live. In addition, the shelter has also relieved the population density at local shelters (to meet social distancing guidelines) and provides a place for vulnerable people discharged from hospitals, detention centers or recovery centers. The CARES Act funding would provide short-term support for the shelter’s operations through December 2020.

The amendment to the 2019 Annual Action draft plan is advertised for public review from June 15 – June 24, 2020. City of Santa Fe residents are encouraged to contribute their comments in writing to the Office of Affordable Housing via email ([bot protected email address]), or phone (505) 316-4634. A public hearing to consider the amendment to the 2019 Action Plan will be held at a virtual City Council meeting on June 24, 2020 at 7 pm.

Members of the public may view the meeting through the Government Channel on Comcast Channel 28 and Comcast HD928 or may stream the meeting live on the City of Santa Fe’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofsantafe. The YouTube live stream can be accessed at this address from most smartphones, tablets, or computers. The meeting can be heard on radio station KSFR 101.1.

The City’s TTY/TDD number is (505) 955-6897. Persons with disabilities in need of accommodations may contact the City Clerk’s Office at (505) 955-6521, five (5) days prior to meeting date.  Auxiliary aids (ASL interpreters, Braille documents) and language interpreters for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals can be made available upon request at (505) 316-4634. 

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