City schedules public hearing on CDBG funds use

The city of Apache Junction will hear comments from the public regarding how it should use Community Development Block Grant funds from the Arizona Department of Housing Regional Account.

The hearing will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Apache Junction City Council Chambers, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

The city expects to receive an estimated $120,000 in fiscal year 2015 of federal CDBG funds, according to a press release. The city may also apply for up to $300,000 in fiscal year 2015 CDBG funds from the State Special Projects account.

CDBG funds must be used to benefit low-income persons and areas, alleviate slum and blight or address urgent need.

Examples of possible projects include:

•Public infrastructure, such as water, wastewater and street improvements;

•community facilities such as health clinics, libraries, senior or youth centers;

•housing such as owner-occupied or multi-family rehab, utility connections on private property and new housing constructed by a non-profit;

•public services such as purchasing a van to transport persons with disabilities, equipment and rent to start a new job training program; and

•economic development such as a loan to a business for job creation or acquisition of land for an existing business expansion.

For more information regarding the public hearings, the city’s grievance policy and the CDBG program or to receive technical assistance to formulate prospective project ideas for presentation at the hearings, call Heather Patel, the city’s grants coordinator, at 480-474-2635.

Her e-mail address is hpatel@ajcity. net.

The city of Apache Junction invites and welcomes people of all abilities to use its programs, sites and facilities.

Specif requests may be made by contacting the human resources office, at 480-474-2617 or TDD 480-983-0095 at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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