Notice of Public Hearings – Community Development Block Grant – MitigationCHARLESTON, W.Va. — The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has set aside more than $106 million in mitigation grant funding, which the State of West Virginia will soon be able to use on projects to decrease the impact of any future natural disasters. This federal funding comes in the form of a new HUD grant, called Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT).
The CDBG-MIT funds provide the State an opportunity to fortify resiliency measures to decrease the impact of future flooding events and other natural hazards in 12 counties designated by HUD: Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Monroe, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster counties.
The State of West Virginia is conducting virtual public hearings to provide an opportunity for public engagement and input. The Virtual Public Hearings will be held:
- Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 2 to 4 pm and
- Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 6 to 8 pm
Registration for the hearings is available at https://tinyurl.com/CDBGMIT.
West Virginia has been allocated a total of $106,494,000 in CDBG-MIT funding, with a requirement that at least 50 percent – $53,247,000 – must benefit the four counties federally categorized as the “Most Impacted and Distressed”: Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha, and Nicholas counties.
At the same time, at least 50 percent of the CDBG-MIT funds are also required to benefit people with “Low to Moderate Income” levels, as defined by federal guidelines.
For more information, and to review the full CDBG-MIT Federal Register Notice in its entirety, please visit https://wvfloodrecovery.com/mitigation/. An online input survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WVMIT from Friday, June 5 until close of business Friday, June 19, 2020.
If you would like to leave a public comment, please email: CDBGmitigation@wv.gov