Palm Beach County
Department of Economic Sustainability
Notice of Action Plan for FY 2017-2018 and Notice of Public Hearing

Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability (DES) has completed the Draft Palm Beach County Action Plan for FY 2017-2018 and will present the Action Plan to the Board of County Commissioners for approval at a Public Hearing.  This plan is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order for the County to receive Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds. 


CDBG Program: This program provides grant funds to Palm Beach County to support the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.  Funded activities must serve one of the three CDBG National Objectives: 1) to benefit low-and moderate-income persons; 2) to aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight; and 3) to meet a community development need of particular urgency.  The County's CDBG entitlement for FY 2017-2018 is $5,821,645.  It is estimated that CDBG program income in the amount of $10,000 will be available for use during the program year.  CDBG allocations are as follows:  1) Code Enforcement - $229,189; 2) Public Facilities - $1,592,487; 3) Public Infrastructure - $1,184,576; 4) Economic Development - $777,818; 5) Public Services - $873,246; 6) Program Administration - $1,164,329; and 7) Contingency Reserve - $10,000.

ESG Program:  This program provides grant funds to Palm Beach County for direct intervention and support services for homeless persons/families and persons/families who are at risk of becoming homeless. The County's ESG entitlement for FY 2017-2018 of $519,046 is proposed to fund the following eligible categories: 1) Rapid Re-housing - $163,796; 2) Emergency Shelter - $247,048; Client Management Information System - $75,000; and Program Administration - $33,202.  Estimated funding allocations by agency are as follows:  1) Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches - $163,796; 2) Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse - $60,000; 3) Children's Home Society - $30,000; 4) The Salvation Army - $111,259; and 5) Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) - $45,789.

HOME Program:  This program provides grant funds to Palm Beach County to provide affordable housing for households at 80% or below the area median income.  The County's HOME entitlement for FY 2017-2018 is $1,627,785.  HOME funds will be made available through loans, grants, and other forms of HUD approved investments in the following estimated amounts: 1) Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Administered Program – $244,168; 2) CHDO Operating Expenses - $81,389; 3) Developer Rental Program - $569,725; 4) Tenant Based Rental Assistance - $569,725; and 6) Program Administration - $162,778.    

The Draft FY 2017-2018 Action Plan is now available for review on DES's website HERE and at the Department of Economic Sustainability, 100 Australian Avenue, Suite 500, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406 (for additional information and business hours, please call (561) 233-3600).  After HUD's issuance of the FY 2017-2018 CDBG, ESG, and HOME Program allocations, all funding amounts will be adjusted proportionately and a subsequent public notice will be published with the revised funding allocations.

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments to DES's Strategic Planning Section at either descomments@pbcgov.org or 100 Australian Avenue, Suite 500, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 no later than Monday, July 10, 2017.

Public Meeting (Eastern County)  
Purpose:     To obtain public input on the Draft Action Plan
Date:            June 19, 2017
Time:           10:00 a.m.
Place:          Risk Management Training Room, Room 1-470, 100 Australian Avenue,  West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Public Meeting (Western County)  
Purpose:     To obtain public input on the Draft Action Plan
Date:            June 21, 2017
Time:           10:30 a.m.
Place:          Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

BCC PUBLIC HEARING
Purpose:     To approve the Action Plan
Date:           Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - No time certain (BCC meetings begin at 9:30 a.m.)
Place:          PBC Governmental Center, 6th Floor Commission Chambers,
                     301 North Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Please visit this website for notification of any possible changes of meeting dates/times.

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the BCC with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that for such purpose he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.  Following final approval by the BCC, the FY 2017-2018 Action Plan will be available on DES's website.
 
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Draft 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan