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  • Community Needs Workshop 2019

    August 9, 2019
    Community Needs Workshop

    The Block Grants Advisory Committee (BGAC) of the City of Santa Maria is conducting a public community needs workshop at Shepard Hall inside the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 South McClelland Street, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13th.  The purpose of the workshop is to discuss general unmet needs in the community.  A Spanish-speaking translator will be available at the workshop.

    It is important to hear from the public as to how they want their federal grant dollars spent in our City, not just in the upcoming year, but in the next five years.  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funding in our area has primarily been used to assist low-to-moderate income clientele and areas (more than 60 percent of Santa Maria residents fall under this category).  Most of the funding the City receives, which is approximately $1.5 million, is given to non-profit agencies in our community who assist those who fall under the CDBG requirements.  What each agency receives is primarily the result of what the needs are in the community.

    This workshop also marks the beginning of the public participation process to develop priorities for the Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2020-21 and the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Year 2020-2025.  These plans are required of local governments that apply directly for Federal funds, such as CDBG and HOME.  These Federal programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Annual Action Plan describes the activities to be undertaken during the upcoming fiscal year with the available resources.

    In addition to this workshop, the City also has an electronic survey available which only takes five to ten minutes to complete.  It is in English and Spanish, and the information collected will also be taken into consideration when generating the funding priorities for the next five years.  The survey can be found by going to: www.cityofsantamaria.org/surveys and clicking on “Needs of the Community”.

    Questions may be directed to the Special Projects Division, (805) 925-0951 extension 2118.

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