The City of Manchester Community Improvement Program Staff will be conducting a public hearing on the HUD FY2024 and City FY2025 Community Improvement Program (CIP) which includes funds allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD). The hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:00 PM at the Manchester Community Resource Center, located at 434 Lake Avenue, Manchester.
The meeting is being held in order to provide City residents an opportunity to comment on the expenditure of the federal fiscal year 2024 HUD monies to be received by the City for expenditure beginning July 2024. These HUD funds may include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), and may also include HUD Section 108 Monies.
The City estimates FY 2024 HUD funding as follows:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Entitlement allocation & program income - $1,620,470
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Entitlement allocation, program income & unprogrammed funds - $1,770,196
- Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), Entitlement allocation - $149,284
The budgets for activities supported with FY 2024 HUD Entitlement funding may be increased or decreased from the estimated funding levels to match actual allocation amounts.
Manchester Citizens, including public housing residents, public and private agencies, community groups, businesses and other interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend so they may voice their concerns and express their opinions on the priority needs of the community. This hearing will also include discussion and citizen comments about the Manchester Continuum of Care (MCoC) and the coordination between the City and the MCoC of funds spent to support homelessness needs and services. The overall discussion topics may include housing and homelessness, public infrastructure, environment, neighborhood investment and revitalization, education, public safety, recreation, economic development and social services.
The comments received at these meetings will assist CIP Staff in the development of the 2024/2025 Annual Action Plan, an element of the five-year Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan and Public Hearings are mandated by HUD as a condition of the receipt of funds from that federal agency.
For further information, please contact Grants Administration Manager, Todd Fleming, at the Manchester Planning and Community Development Department at 624-6450. Individuals requiring special reasonable accommodations for access to the hearings are requested to contact this Department at the above number at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.
The City of Manchester is pleased to announce the Community Improvement Program (CIP) Budget Process for the 2025 Fiscal Year is now underway. A letter of intent to request funding along with a Summary Listing of Projects (CIP-1 Form) and a Project Activity Financial Request (CIP-2 Form) is required for a complete application. Application forms and instructions can be accessed through the Planning & Community Development page at: https://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Planning-and-Comm-Dev/Community-Improvement-Program/Budget-Forms.
Applications are due by 5:00PM Friday, January 19, 2024 at the Planning and Community Development Department. Requests received after this date will not be considered.
Questions regarding this process may be directed to the Planning and Community Development Office located at One City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101 or to CIP Staff at 603-624-6450.
Since the announcement of requests for proposals for affordable and supportive housing on July 21, a potential appliant asked whether site control was necessary to qualify for funding. The City replied to that question on August 18. To ensure that all applicants have access to the same information, the City hereby publishes the substance of that response on the same day:
Site control is not required to submit an application for funding, nor is it required for funds to be awarded to an applicant. The City needs to ensure that housing units remain affordable for a definite period of time that corresponds to the HOME guidelines and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program Final Rules. That means, among other things, that a restrictive covenant will need to be recorded to ensure that the property’s rent will meet affordability requirements for the required time period. That would need to occur prior to the City paying funds to an applicant. The owner of the property would need to agree to that restriction being imposed, whether the owner is the applicant or another entity. Therefore, the City would not require that the applicant own the property in fee simple. A lease would suffice, so long as there are means to enforce the affordability period.
The City’s goal is to commit funds to projects that will be timley completed and create as much affordable and supportive housing as possible. Any application should describe as clearly as possible the total amount of funding that would be needed, what portion of that funding would be from the City, and how the remainder of the funding would be acquired.