Plans announced for National Community Development Week in Florence

Plans announced for National Community Development Week in Florence
Food distribution in Florence on April 23, 2019. (Source: City of Florence)

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - The city of Florence has announced each day’s plans for National Community Development Week, running April 22-26.

The weeklong celebration includes:

Notice of Funding Availability

The city of Florence anticipates receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement activities principally benefiting low and moderate-income persons and neighborhoods. Estimated total funding available for the competitive Public Service Grant Program is $50,000 for the period of May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

All funding granted under this program is reserved for servicing residents within the city limits of Florence exclusively. All services provided must meet at least one of three national objectives defined by HUD:

1. Benefit to low and/or moderate income persons

2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight

3. Meet a need having a particular urgency

The application period opens April 22 at 9 a.m. and closes May 24 at 5 p.m. Late applications are not accepted.

Food Bank Distribution: Tuesday, April 23, at Magnolia Gardens II from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Broadway Community Playground Ribbon Cutting Wednesday, April 24, at 9 a.m.

Community Development Blight Program

The Community Development Department works with property owners to demolish vacant, abandoned properties primarily located in both East and West Florence. In 2018, eighteen blighted properties were demolished. We expect to have 18-20 additional properties during 2019.

Community Development Residential Rehab Program

Residential Rehab program offers property owner’s assistance to provide energy efficient home updates including a new roof, windows, HVAC, exterior doors, or a water heater. Residents must meet HUD guidelines for low income status per HUD guidelines. These services are often coordinated with other agencies to meet the client’s needs.

Apply March 2019 – May 2019 at the Planning Community Development Office, 110 West College Suite 115

Social Media Campaign

Help spread awareness and education about the Community Development Block Grant programs by sharing and commenting on social media. These programs are critical to many of Florence’s residents and community.

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