Consolidated Plan & Annual Action Plan
The City submits a five-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans for HUD approval each spring. These plans are developed with public comment and input in order to garner feedback on proposed activities to meet identified needs. For information on the City's CDBG-CV CARES Act activities, please visit www.BillingsMT.gov/CDBGcv.
Substantial Amendment to use CDBG for coronavirus response, preparation, and prevention activities.
In response to the COVID-19 variant surge, the City of Billings may utilize any and all available CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. The City currently has $554,586 in unallocated CDBG-CV (CARES Act) funding to commit and this amount may be insufficient to meet evolving community needs.
PUBLIC HEARING: The City Council held a public hearing relative to a FY2021-2022 Annual Action Plan amendment on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council meeting in Billings, Montana. The purpose of the public hearing was to obtain public comment on local housing and community development needs relative to proposed CDBG funding recommendations for pandemic prevention, preparation, and response. The public comment period was open from September 25, 2021 to October 25, 2021.
PROPOSED PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES: Pandemic activities must benefit low-income individuals and / or households and can be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Examples include:
- Public Facility Improvements: Handwashing stations, public restrooms improvements, infrastructure, accessibility, small-scale rehabilitation, public facility systems, rehabilitation for social distancing, touchless / nonporous surfacing, etc.
- Public Service Activities: Rent, mental health care, meal distribution, mortgage payments, internet access, utility assistance, childcare, client remote access, vaccination activities, virtual service ability, exposure prevention - staff training, additional cleaning, unmet hospital / public health needs, FEMA match, etc.
The City also received an Affordable Housing Development program application for a boiler and room rehabilitation for Off The Streets, a local quarantine / isolation and shelter facility. This project is already eligible for a CDBG Affordable Housing Development allocation and a CDBG-CV allocation through the previously-approved CDBG-CV Consolidated Plan amendment. Program guidelines can be viewed online at www.BillingsMT.gov/chdo.