NOTICE OF OPENING OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of a 5–day public comment period for the draft City of Medford Substantial Amendment to the 2020/21 Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The amendment proposes the allocation or re-allocation of CDBG resources that will help prevent, prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus. Proposed allocations would be supported by CDBG resources received from the payoff of homeowner repair or down payment assistance liens; returned entitlement funds from projects that completed under budget or cancelled; and unused program administration dollars. The public comment period will commence on Monday, May 10, 2021, and close on Monday, May 17, 2021 to solicit citizen input regarding the amended action plan. The City Council, City of Medford, will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Medford City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, for the purpose of soliciting additional citizen input on the amended Action Plan.
The proposed new and amended existing activities were approved for recommendation to City Council by the Community Services and Development Commission and the Housing Advisory Commission on April 28, 2021. Primary proposed allocations represent activities that address a heightened need for non-congregate shelter and permanent supportive housing; in addition to the creation of a navigation center to serve unhoused community members with improved access to shelter and services. The proposed allocations described below are further detailed in the draft Substantial Amendment to the 2020/21 Action Plan under Section AP-35 Projects; and if approved by City Council would be submitted to HUD for final consideration and approval. Additional revisions to the Action Plan are reflected in sections AP-12 Participation, AP-15 Expected Resources, Appendix A - Citizen Participation Plan, and Appendix B - Public Comments. City Council will make a final determination on the proposed amendment at the public hearing on May 20, 2021.
HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOMENT PROJECTS
1. ColumbiaCare – Additional $135,754.04 (for a total of $355,146) for Veteran’s Housing
Funding would provide a zero interest, deferred loan to acquire and rehabilitate 1316 W. Main Street to provide permanent supportive housing for low-income Veterans.
2. OnTrack – $50,246 for Renovations in Support of Longer-Term, Non-Congregate Shelter
Funding would provide a zero interest, deferred loan to renovate 421 W. 10th Street with a larger kitchen and second bathroom, to be leased to Rogue Retreat for unhoused community members referred through the City’s Chronically Homeless Outreach Partnership.
3. City of Medford Public Works Department - $3,360 for Audible Push Button Traffic Signals
Grant funds to purchase and install six Guardian Wave FS 912 audible push button traffic signals at the corners of Springbrook Road and Roberts Road; and Barnett Road and Murphy Road to provide persons with disabilities safer access to pedestrian routes.
4. Medford Senior Center – ($142,000) for Water Line Replacement
Grant funds to replace the failing main water line at 510 E. Main Street were returned in response to limited operations during COVID-19.
5. Rogue Retreat - $26,400 for a Facility Lease in Support of Longer-Term, Non-Congregate Shelter
Grant funds to lease 421 W. 10th Street, in support of the City’s Chronically Homeless Outreach Partnership, to provide unhoused community members, referred through the Medford Livability Team and the Kelly Shelter, with longer-term, non-congregate shelter.
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION & CAPACITY BUILDING – $50,000
6. City of Medford Planning Department - $50,000 for consulting services to develop an operations plan to support the creation of a navigation center to serve unhoused community members with additional 24/7 shelter and improved access to services such as housing placements and healthcare.
The City of Medford Substantial Amendment to the 2020/21 Action Plan is available on the City’s website at www.ci.medford.or.us or upon special request. To obtain a copy, submit comments, or for additional information on the hearing, please contact Angela Durant, Housing and Community Development Principal Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541–774–2390. Citizens needing translation services or other special accommodations may contact Angela Durant three days prior to the hearing to request these services. A summary of public comments will be incorporated into the final document prior to submission to HUD.