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Committee on Housing and Community Development hearing on Dockets #0453-0456,0472

United States Department of Housing & Urban Development Grants to fund Community and Economic Development Programs, creation of affordable housing, rental assistance and services for Persons with HIV/AIDS, housing stability and prevention of homelessness, and support programs that provide services and housing to the homeless.

The public can offer testimony.

Discussion Topics

  1. Dockets #0453-0456 and 0472

    Docket #0453 – Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Seventeen Million Four Hundred Twenty-One Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty-Three Dollars ($17,421,783.00) in the form of a grant, for the Federal FY21 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), awarded by the United States Department to be administered by the Neighborhood Development. The grant will fund Community and Economic Development Programs.

    Docket #0454 – Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Five Million Nine Hundred Fifty-Nine Thousand One Hundred Forty-Two Dollars ($5,959,142.00) in the form of a grant for the FY21 HOME Investment Partnerships, awarded by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development to be administered by the Department of Neighborhood Development. The grant will fund the creation of affordable housing units by non-profits and for-profit developers.

    Docket #0455 – Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Three Million Two Hundred Forty-Eight Thousand Two Hundred Twenty Dollars ($3,248,220.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY21 Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), awarded by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development to be administered by the Department of Neighborhood Development. The grant will fund rental assistance and services for Persons with HIV/AIDS.

    Docket #0456 – Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Four Hundred Eighty-Seven Thousand One Hundred Twenty-Four Dollars ($1,487,124.00) in the form of a grant for the Federal FY21 Emergency Solutions Grants, awarded by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development to be administered by the Department of Neighborhood Development. The grant will fund housing stability and prevention of homelessness.

    Docket #0472 – Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to apply for, accept and expend for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Continuum of Care grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount not to exceed Thirty-Eight Million Six Hundred Eighty-Five Thousand Six Hundred and Eighty Six Dollars ($38,685,686.00). These funds will be used to support programs that provide services and housing to the homeless.

    These matters are sponsored by the Mayor and were referred to the Committee on Housing and Community Development on March 24, 2021 (0453-0456) and on March 31, 2021 (0472).

    NOTICE: The Boston City Council may have a quorum in attendance due to standing committees of the City Council consisting of both voting and non-voting members.  However, members attending this duly posted meeting are participating and deliberating only in conjunction with the business of the standing committee.

    Attendance:

    In accordance with Governor Baker's March 12, 2020 Executive Order modifying certain requirements of the Open Meeting Law and relieving public bodies of certain requirements, including the requirement that public bodies conduct its meetings in a public place that is open and physically accessible to the public, the City Council will be conducting this hearing virtually. This enables the City Council to carry out its responsibilities while adhering to public health recommendations and ensuring public access to its deliberations through adequate, alternative means. The public may watch this meeting via live stream at boston.gov/city-council-tv. It will also be re-broadcast at a later date on Xfinity 8, RCN 82, Fios 964.

    Public Testimony -Written testimony may be sent to the Committee or staff emails (below) and will be made part of the record and available to all Councilors. Members of the public are cordially invited to view and testify via Zoom Meeting. Please email juan.lopez@boston.gov for the Zoom link. A comprehensive list of ways to view and participate in this hearing will be posted on line prior to the start of the hearing at boston.gov/city-council-tv

    Committee Liaison: Juan Lopez

    Mail Address: Boston City Council, One City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA  02201

    Fax Number: 617-635-4203 – Attn: Dockets #0453-0456, 0472