Public Hearings Notice – County of Cheshire – Community Development Block Grant

Posted on December 16, 2019

Public Hearings Notice
County of Cheshire
Community Development Block Grant

The Cheshire County Commissioners will hold 2 public hearings on Wednesday, December 18th beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 in the second-floor conference room.

The first Public Hearing will discuss an application to the NH Community Development Finance Authority for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  CDBG funds are awarded on a competitive basis in New Hampshire and may be used for housing, public facilities, economic development, and micro-enterprise projects which have primary benefit to low- and moderate-income people.  A municipality can apply for up to $500,000 in the housing category, up to $500,000 in the public facilities category, up to $500,000 in the economic development category, up to $500,000 in the micro-enterprise category, as well as up to $500,000 in emergency grants and $25,000 for feasibility studies.

The proposal to be considered by the Commissioners is a CDBG application to be submitted by Cheshire County on behalf of Keene Housing for up to $500,000.  The funds, less administrative costs, will be subgranted to Monadnock Affordable Housing Corporation (MAHC), a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of Keene Housing.  These funds, in combination with other sources, will be used for the renovation of Bennett Block, located at 32-34 Washington Street, Keene, NH.  Bennett Block has 14 apartments, all of which are occupied by low- and moderate-income residents.  This public hearing has been scheduled to provide specific information about the project and grant requirements.  A second Public Hearing will be held to adopt the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan specific to this project.

Interested people are invited to attend and comment. If you have a disability or need assistance to attend or participate in the hearing, please contact the Cheshire County Commissioner’s Office, (603) 352-8215 or via Relay NH at 1-800-735-2964, in advance.  Anyone wishing to submit written comments prior to the hearing should address them to the Cheshire County Commissioners, 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431.