To celebrate National Community Development Week (April 17-22, 2017), the Community Improvement Program has created a video to showcase some of the projects funded with the Community Development Block Grant. Check it out below:
The Community Improvement Program (CIP)
manages the programming of funds for the
City’s capital projects and special programs
Each year the Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopts a CIP that includes both a current year appropriation and a long-range capital planning component. The Plan also looks several years into the future to insure that long term community development needs of the City are met while minimizing tax impacts.
Funding in the CIP includes: grants from various federal, state and private sources; City bond funds; City operating cash funds; and capital funding for the City’s enterprise funds such as the Airport, Environmental Protection Division, the Manchester Water Works and the Recreation Enterprise.
Purpose of the Community Improvement Program:
- Coordinate Improvement Projects
- Provide access by the BMA and public to information on all projects and funding
- Provide streamlined accounting procedures
- Maximize federal & state dollars for needed projects
- Minimize tax rate impact of capital projects
- Provide for long-range planning of capital needs
- Establishes a means of setting overall community development priorities
- The CIP staff of the Planning and Community Development Department are available to assist in answering questions on the CIP or in the process for applying for CIP funds.
434 Lake Avenue Community Resource Center
4th Floor– Oddfellows Hall
The City of Manchester’s newly renovated community resource building located at 434 Lake Avenue includes a space currently known as the 4th Floor Oddfellows Hall. This space is intended to provide the building tenants and the Manchester community with a facility that can be utilized for community-based activities such as neighborhood meetings, celebrations and events, educational programming and skills training.
The City of Manchester and the Manchester Community Resource Center, as its on-site building manager and scheduling agent, are committed to providing a clean, safe and accessible facility for use by building tenants and the community. The use of the facility is anticipated to be primarily for the tenants first, nonprofit organizations serving low to moderate income persons second, and other ancillary uses by the community at large, as determined appropriate, third.
To request the use of the building (which includes a fee for non-City government applicants), please fill out one of the following forms:
Community Improvement Public Forum
The City of Manchester Community Improvement Program Staff will be conducting a public hearing on the HUD FY2019 and City FY2020 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 Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM at City Hall in the Aldermanic Chambers, 3rd Floor, located at 1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester.
The meeting is being held in order to provide City residents an opportunity to comment on the expenditure of the federal fiscal year 2019 HUD monies to be received by the City for expenditure beginning July 2019. 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.
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. These 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 2019/2020 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 CIP Coordinator, Todd Fleming, at the Manchester Planning and Community Development Department at 624-6450. Individuals requiring special accommodations for access to the hearings are requested to contact this Department at the above number at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.