Grants

Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery funds under the Rebuild Florida Hometown Revitalization Program (HRP)

The City of Lynn Haven is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for Hurricane Michael Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery funds under the Rebuild Florida Hometown Revitalization Program (HRP).

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has allocated $60,406,429 in funding for the Rebuild Florida Hometown Revitalization Program through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (DGBG-DR) Program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address unmet disaster recovery needs related to damage from Hurricane Michael.

The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to address unmet disaster recovery needs related to damage and ongoing impacts from Hurricane Michael.

These funds for round 1 must be used for one of the following purposes:

1. Benefit low and moderate income (LMI) persons; or

2. Demonstrate an urgent need in the community.

HRP awards are for the revitalization of a designated commercial district that has been damaged by Hurricane Michael. Projects may focus on the physical revitalization of a commercial district through rehabilitation, reconstruction, or demolition. Eligible uses of funds include, but are not limited to:

• Public facility improvements, including streetscapes, lighting, sidewalks, and other physical improvements to commercial areas;

• Acquisition, demolition, site preparation, or rehabilitation of commercial structures carried out by a unit of local government;

• Assistance to small businesses for rehabilitation and physical improvements to their places of business; and

• Façade improvements to private or public structures in commercial areas.

Applications are due to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on or before

April 16, 2021. Additionally, projects must demonstrate damage tie-back to Hurricane Michael and primarily serve LMI populations.

The City identified three suitable projects for this grant opportunity with the assistance of our grant consultant The Integrity Group. These projects will have the best chance of a high scoring in DEO’s competitive grant selection process. The proposed projects are as follows:

1. Florida and Ohio Ave. corridor improvements $4.5M

2. East 7th Street drainage project $490K

3. Sidewalk repair along Minnesota Ave. and Mosley Dr. $1.1M

This grant would fund 100% of the anticipated project cost. Approved projects must be completed in two years with a possible 12-month time extension. The identified three projects for this grant opportunity would require grant funding in the amount of approx. $6,090,000.

A draft application is posted to the City’s website. A public comment period to obtain citizen comments concerning the City’s intent to apply for these specific projects shall be open until 5:00 p.m. local time on April 16, 2021.

The City of Lynn Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer and affirmatively furthers fair housing.

Overview: FL DEO issued a Notice for Funding opportunity for the Hometown Revitalization Program (HRP). HRP is designed to support the recovery of economic activity in commercial areas of Hurricane Michael-impacted communities, facilitating the return and recovery of businesses, jobs, and provision of goods and services to the area.

Background: The City identified three suitable projects for this grant opportunity with the assistance of our grant consultant The Integrity Group. These projects will have the best chance of a high scoring in DEO’s competitive grant selection process. The proposed projects are as follows:

1. Florida and Ohio Ave. corridor improvements $4.5M

2. East 7th Street drainage project $490K

3. Sidewalk repair along Minnesota Ave. and Mosley Dr. $1.1M

FL DEO allocated $60M for this highly competitive Hometown Revitalization Program. This grant would fund 100% of the anticipated project cost. Approved projects must be completed in two years with a possible 12-month time extension. The identified three projects for this grant opportunity would require grant funding in the amount of approx. $6,090,000.

Summary: Request approval of proposed project list and application submittal for each project.

Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery

The City of Lynn Haven is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for Hurricane Michael Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery funds under the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Hurricane Michael General Infrastructure Repair Program was launched with $111 million in Round 1 funding for infrastructure restoration and improvement projects in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.

The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to address unmet disaster recovery needs related to damage and ongoing impacts from Hurricane Michael.

These funds for round 1 must be used for one of the following purposes:

1. Benefit low and moderate income (LMI) persons; or

2. Demonstrate an urgent need in the community.

DEO will first consider LMI as the national objective for infrastructure projects. The urgent need national objective will only be used if the project is not LMI but is needed to alleviate emergency conditions.

Eligible local governments and municipalities located in the areas that experienced Hurricane Michael storm damage are eligible to apply for funding. Program guidelines for the Rebuild Florida Hurricane Michael General Infrastructure Repair Program are available on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) website along with the Request for Applications. Additionally, a recorded webinar is available to provide general information on the program and application submission.

The State of Florida has allocated $111 million to the Rebuild Florida Hurricane Michael General Infrastructure Repair Program funded through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

The goal of the program is to repair damage to infrastructure while mitigating against future damage to make the community more resilient.

Applications are due to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on or before November 30, 2020. Eligible activities include removal of debris and other damage, water and sewer facilities, repair to public facilities such as emergency community shelters, demolition, rehabilitation of publicly or privately owned commercial or industrial buildings, repair of homeless shelters and disaster shelter facilities, renourishment of dunes and/or dune restoration, economic revitalization which includes any CDBG-DR eligible activity that demonstrably restores and improves some aspect of the local economy. Additionally, projects must demonstrate damage tie-back to Hurricane Michael and primarily serve LMI populations.

The City proposes applying for (5) projects focused on the damaging impacts from Hurricane Michael. The potential projects, in total, cost approximately $25,144,000.00 as listed in the table below.

A draft application will be posted to the City’s website on November 16, 2020. A public comment period to obtain citizen comments concerning the City’s intent to apply for these specific projects shall be open until 9:00 AM local time on November 30, 2020.

In addition, a public hearing will be held to solicit comments on November 17, 2020, at 9:00 AM at the City of Lynn Haven, City Hall, 901c Ohio Ave, Lynn Haven, FL 32444. Any person requiring a special accommodation at this posting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact 850-265-2121.

The City of Lynn Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer and affirmatively furthers fair housing.