City of Somerville

Agenda Item

Requesting approval of the proposed HUD Action Plan for FY2011-2012, featuring a grant of $3,610,801 in CDBG, HOME, and ESG funding.


Department:Strategic Planning & Community DevelopmentSponsors:
Category:Mayor's RequestPurposes:Grant/Gift

Official Text

Dear Members of the Board of Aldermen,


I hereby submit for your approval the City of Somerville’s proposed One-Year Action Plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Programs.  The total budget under the City’s mandated program year 2011-2012 is estimated at $3,610,801 in new entitlement. To this amount an anticipated $630,603 in program income will be added for a total budget of new funds of $4,241,404.  This budget represents a 16.7% one year reduction in CDBG funding (-$518,491) and 11.57% reduction in HOME funds (-$111,307).


Building from the priorities established in the City’s proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan, The One-Year Action Plan describes activities the City will undertake in the areas of housing, economic & community development, parks & open space, transportation & infrastructure, historic preservation, and public services.  The CDBG, HOME and ESG grant funds provide the City of Somerville with a tremendous opportunity to undertake activities which will provide substantial benefits to our residents. The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development will administer these funds.


In accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44, section 53A, which requires a vote of the Board of Aldermen for the expenditure of grants or gifts from the federal government and from a charitable foundation, private corporation, or individual, or from the Commonwealth, a county or municipality or agency thereof, I request approval to expend these grant funds.




Joseph A. Curtatone


Meeting History

Apr 28, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
May 10, 2011 6:00 PM  Finance Committee Committee Meeting

Ms. Lamboy, Mr. Federico and Mr. Swymer spoke about the One Year Action Plan, informing the members that there has been a 15.5% reduction ($518,000) to CDBG funds and a 10% reduction ($111,000) to HOME funds. In light of these reductions, adjustments were made to the Action Plan. A comparison sheet was reviewed by the committee.

May 12, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting