On March 27, 2020, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, was signed by President Trump. The CARES Act makes available supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). This grant CDBG-CV provides flexibilities for CDBG grantees to expedite the use of grant funds to help address the challenges facing our nation during this historic public health crisis.
The Town of Babylon’s first allocation of funds under the CDBG-CV Grant will be $643,040.00 to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. The Town of Babylon Department of Community Development will administer the funds. The Town must submit an amended 2019 Annual Action Plan to include the CDBG-CV funding and amend its Citizen Participation Plan to include a 5-day comment period.
The Town of Babylon encourages public participation in the development of the CDBG-CV Plan. To provide an opportunity for that participation, the Town invites interested parties to review and comment on the proposed CDBG-CV 2019 Annual Action Plan amendment and the amended Citizen Participation Plan during the upcoming public comment period.
In accordance with HUD guidelines, the proposed CDBG-CV Plan for the Town of Babylon must be published for no less than 5 calendar days for public comment before it is submitted to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The 5-day comment period will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020 and extended through close of business Friday, May 8, 2020. On May 6, 2020 a virtual Public Hearing will be held at 11:00 am. The public hearing will be available to view on the Town of Babylon’s YouTube page.
Beginning on May 4, 2020 the proposed CDBG-CV Plan and the amended Citizen Participation Plan will be available to review and download here under "Links and Applications." Hard copies will be available for pickup at the Department of Community Development by calling 631-957-4465, Monday May 4th – Friday May 8th between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Written comments should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Town of Babylon Department of Community Development at 200 E. Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst, NY 11757, Attention: Victoria Marotta, Director. Comments must be received by close of business Friday, May 8, 2020.
Written comments can also be submitted by filling out this form. Those interested in participating in the public hearing by phone or video must fill out the form before being invited into the meeting, where they will be called upon during the public comment portion.