Waterloo Community Development

 Public Notice


In accordance with 24 CFR 91.05(c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Public Law 116-136, the Waterloo Community Development Department is making a substantial amendment to the FY19-23 Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the City of Waterloo, Iowa  available to the public through this notice. 

This is an amendment to the 2019-2023 Community Development Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the City of Waterloo, Iowa to enable the City of Waterloo to receive and administer $737,227 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

Thru the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), the City of Waterloo Community Development has considered the following activities: Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance, Public Services, Assistance to Day Cares, Small Business and Microenterprise Business Assistance, General Administrative Program Funds and other COVID-19 response services that may be needed. Funding must be use to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. 

The City of Waterloo Community Development Department has revised the Community Development Citizen Participation Plan to include the allowance of a 5-day comment period instead of the 30-day comment period as well as include the use of virtual public hearings. 

The amended Community Development 2019-2023 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and revised Citizen Participation Plan is available for review (revisions will be highlighted) on the City of Waterloo Community Development website at:

https://cityofwaterlooiowa.com/departments/community_development/index.php 

Public Comment Period and Process: 

The Consolidated Plan and Citizen Participation Plan Amendments are available for a 5-day public review and comment period from May 27-June 2, 2020. All comments received during the 5- day comment period will be considered and included in the Substantial Amendment.

Citizens wishing to submit written comments during the public review and comment period may mail them, postmarked no later than June 2, 2020, to the following: 

City of Waterloo Community Development
Attention: Rudy D. Jones, Community Development Director
620 Mulberry Street Suite 202
Waterloo, Iowa 50703 

You may also email comments or objections no later than June 2, 2020 to CPD_COVID-19OEE-OMA@hud.gov 

A virtual public hearing will be held in lieu of in-person hearings if the national or local health authorities recommend social distancing and limit public gatherings for public health reasons. If you would like to attend the virtual public hearing, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 319-291-4323 between June 4-5th and the virtual information will be emailed to you.

Public notices regarding future amendments to the Consolidated Plan and subsequent public hearings will be printed in local newspapers and posted online on the City of Waterloo Community Development website at:

https://cityofwaterlooiowa.com/departments/community_development/index.php 

Additional CDBG or HOME funds made available to the City by HUD through the CARES Act is unknown as this time but will be used for the same purpose of the initial allocations indicated above which is to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and facilitate assistance to eligible communities, households, and persons economically impacted by COVID-19. 

Background on the Consolidated Plan:

The Consolidated Plan describes the housing and community development needs, as well as activities to address those needs through the City of Waterloo, as defined and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  As required by HUD, the Consolidated Plan brings together, in one (1) consolidated submission, the planning and application aspects of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME).

 Provisions For Non-English Speaking Residents 

Provisions For Persons With Disabilities

Draft Amended 2019-2023 Five Year Consolidated Plan (pdf) 
Citizen Participation Plan (pdf) 


Federal dollars meeting local needs

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The City of Waterloo has been working in partnership with the Housing & Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program since 1976, helping thousands of low-income families and/or people with rehab and emergency repairs. 

The Waterloo Community Development Board seeks to develop a viable community by
assisting in:
 

  • providing decent, safe housing in a suitable living environment;
  • expanding employment opportunities through economic development
  • activities;
  • aiding in the prevention or elimination of slum and blighted areas
  • meeting other urgent Community
  • Development needs. 
This is accomplished through the administration of the Department of Housing and Urban
Development Community Development Block Grant Program, other federally funded programs and through coordination with local officials and other agencies and funding sources.

All activities are intended to primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons and families.



COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES 
Improving the quality of life for all residents through improved housing,
public spaces, and services.



Download the 2018 Community Impact Brochure by clicking here

Some additional ways Waterloo has distributed CDBG dollars into the community include: emergency repairs for income eligible clients; ramps for handicapped or disabled persons; to Consumer Credit Counseling services; Northeast Iowa Food Bank; Salvation Amy for emergency shelter operations; Operation Threshold weatherization programs; Leisure Services park and sidewalk projects; Eye of the Needle transportation, hygiene, household and laundry needs; to the Boys and Girls Club for updates, House of Hope, and the NorthEast Iowa Center for Independent Living

More details on our programs and partnerships can be found on this website. For PC users, see the navigation panel to the left .  For mobile devices use the 'Sub Menu' above, just below the banner photo.


About Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program
Whereas, the primary goal of the Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program is to: Assist in the development of a viable community by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment principally for persons of low- and moderate-income, and also to assist in providing expanded economic development opportunities. Maximum priority is to be given to activities benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, or aiding in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight, or to meet other Community Development needs having a particular urgency.

Contact Information:

Rudy D. Jones, Director 
Waterloo Community Development Office
620 Mulberry St, Suite 202 
Waterloo, IA 50703 
Phone: (319) 291-4429 
Fax: (319) 291-4431
Email: rudy.jones@waterloo-ia.org
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