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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

Recovery $495,533

Community Development Block Grant Government Portal

CDBG Implementation

On or about June 5, 2009, the City of Kalamazoo requested HUD to release Federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 subject to eligibility under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The total amount of the Community Development Block Grant - Recovery was approximately $495,533 and was designated to the following activities:

Neighborhood Economic Development Initiative - $250,000: The City of Kalamazoo used $250,000 of CDBG-R to assist a neighborhood-based grocery store in the Northside neighborhood of Kalamazoo. This project served a neighborhood with 78.4% of the population being Low-to-Moderate income (HUD figures). The initiative will create 5 - 7 jobs, with a goal of hiring individuals from the neighborhood and will add to the long-term economic benefit of the neighborhood.

Infrastructure Modernization Activity - $121,983: The City of Kalamazoo will provide sidewalk replacements in targeted low-to-moderate income target areas.

Foreclosure Prevention Activities (Public Services) - $35,000: The Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (KNHS) will use $35,000 of CDBG-R as part of a "foreclosure rescue fund" for up to three consecutive months of financial assistance for income eligible households as a public service activity. The long term economic benefit and neighborhood revitalization will be realized in assisting households remain in their homes, and preventing the community housing stock from falling into disuse and deteriorating.

Expand Economic Educational Opportunity (Public Services) - $39,000: The Minority Business Alliance (MBA) will use $39,000 of CDBG-R funds for its Minority KIDBIZ Entrepreneurial Training Program. A total of 50 low-to-moderate income, at-risk youth will receive specialized training in the basic skills required to develop a micro-enterprise and will empower them to own their own businesses.

Administration - $49,550: CDBG-R funds set aside for administrative costs associated with administering, monitoring, and the reporting of these funds.

Further Information Regarding CDBG:

pdf  Agenda 04/30/09
pdf  CDBG R Agenda2 04/30/09
pdf  HPRP Presentation
pdf  CDBG R Fact Sheet
pdf  Amendment 7 day available
pdf  CC Agenda Report Accept Recovery
pdf  CDBG R Addendum Notice
pdf  CDBG R Local Government Certifications
pdf  SF424

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  pdf  FTA Implementation

This grant will utilize $3,155,510 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for the City of Kalamazoo. The purpose of this ARRA grant is to invest in transportation infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances. The proposed projects are a) ready to go; b) use recovery funds to free up other FTA/State/local resources for other purposes; could not have been implemented with supplemental funding; accelerates completion and decreases overall project costs; provides a needed investment to bring assets into a state of good repair; and/or addresses immediate maintenance needs. Grant funding will be used as follows:

Bus Passenger Shelters - $300,000: Purchase and install replacement ADA-accessible bus shelters system wide. Bus shelters were originally purchased in 1985.

Administrative Facility - $125,000: Rehabilitation includes Administrative Offices at 530 North Rose Street. All renovation work is being done under this grant. This project will use ARRA funds for renovations within the Kalamazoo Metro Transit administrative and maintenance facility in Kalamazoo Michigan.

This project includes, but is not limited to HVAC renovations, cosmetic renovations (paint, carpeting, etc.), plumbing, and structural work. A privacy wall on the southeast corner of the facility (built in 1978 and in a state of disrepair) will be demolished reconstructed as part of this renovation. The administration and maintenance facility is used in the provision of public transportation services in the county of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Support Vehicles - $89,000: Acquisition of 3 support vehicles:

  • ¼ ton Pick Up Truck
  • Replacement (1996 9-192) Staff Car (1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 9-9)
  • ADA Supervisory Vehicle (2003 9-919 Ford Econoline E250)

Equipment - $133,000: Freon Recovery System and Drive on Vehicle Life (installed).

ITS Communications Equipment - $2,358,510: An Intelligent Transportation System to include automatic vehicle locator (AVL) system providing real time vehicle location, "Next Bus" passenger information, engine/transmission diagnostic reporting, automatic voice enunciator system, and improved on-board security video and audio recording in real time.

Associated Capital Maintenance Items - $150,000: Bus Parts for fleet as allowed (i.e., must have a useful life of at least on year; must be inventoriable; must be of a value of at least one half of one percent of the fleet).

Further Information Regarding FTA

pdf  FTA Application

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Recovery $2 million

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Program

In April of 2009, the City of Kalamazoo applied for grant funding under the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) "to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs, and to increase their community policing capacity and crime-prevention efforts." -Chief Hadley

Cops Implementation

On July 27, 2009, the Associated Press announced that the City of Kalamazoo had been awarded approximately $2 million dollars to fund 10 officer positions.

Kalamazoo Public Safety will enhance community policing activities with the COPS grant funding to make systemic changes in its organizational community policing philosophy and has already begun a strategic planning process to proactively address crime and community issues before they develop into chronic problems by focusing upon intervention, prevention, community partnerships and support, community initiatives and intra-governmental cooperation and organizational transformation.

Further Information Regarding COPS

pdf  COPS Grant Award 2009

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The Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program provides resources to improve the capacity of state and local criminal justice systems.  The Recovery Act funding will focus on job creation and retention in support of evidence-based and date-drive programs in the following areas:

  • Preventing and reducing violent crime;
  • Providing funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers, as a compliment to the COPS program.
  • Reducing mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties.
  • Hiring of civilian support personnel in law enforcement (training staff, analysts, dispatchers, etc.)
  • Enhancing forensic and crime scene investigations.
  • Improving resources and services for victims of crime.
  • Supporting problem-solving courts.
  • National training and technical assistance partnerships.

The program will solicit applications from national, state, regional, or local public and private entities, including for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal jurisdictions. Applications for funding should be submitted through the on-line OJP Grants Management System (GMS).

Further Information Regarding Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program

About Officer Byrne

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 Department of Justice JAG Portal

Recovery $553,309

Funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant will be used by the four Kalamazoo Country law enforcement agencies and the Drug Treatment Courts and the Sobriety Court for the following objectives:

  1. Purchase equipment to support officer safety in the field;
  2. Improve technologies in the area of training, mobile computing, and digital recording and storage to increase officer effectiveness and safety;
  3. Increase training opportunities for Sobriety Court and Drug Court staff;
  4. Provide incentives to Sobriety Court and Drug Court participants to encourage compliant behavior; and
  5. Increase the capacity to provide for indigent drug testing and substance abuse treatment/therapy in the Drug Courts.

Out of the $553,309 allocation the City of Kalamazoo will utilize $364,174; the County of Kalamazoo will utilize $101,029; Portage Police Department will utilize $59,241; and Kalamazoo Township Police Department will utilize $28,865 to start and complete the proposed activities expeditiously in a manner that maximizes economic benefits. Each agency will insure that the proper procurement policies and procedures are followed and that all documentation is kept in an organized fashion for timely reporting.

Further Information Regarding JAG

About Officer Byrne

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MICHIGAN STATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (MSHDA)

Recovery $1,700,000 (expected)

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Government Portal

HUD's new Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) provides targeted emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight within their communities. The State of Michigan has been allocated $98,653,915 to address the areas of greatest need within Michigan for such activities:

  • Acquisition and rehabilitation of foreclosed or abandoned single family homes for resale to owner-occupants (all applicants);
  • Demolition of blighted structures for future redevelopment (land banks only);
  • Demolition of blighted structures for green space or for immediate redevelopment (all applicants);
  • Redevelopment of demolished or vacant lots for single family owner occupied housing (all eligible applicants);
  • Redevelopment of demolished or vacant properties for public facilities or public services (land banks, local units of government, and nonprofits only).

NSP Implementation

The City of Kalamazoo expects to receive a total allocation of approximately One Million, Seven Hundred Dollars ($1,700,000) for the NSP program under Title III of Division B of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through MSHDA.

Funds under the NSP program will be used to help stabilize the Eastside, Edison and Northside neighborhoods to counteract instances of foreclosures, residential vacancies, and blighted structures. The proposed budget for the NSP program includes:

  • $650,000 for the Redevelopment of Abandoned and Foreclosed Properties;
  • $300,000 for the Demolition of Blighted Structures;
  • $480,000 for Redevelopment of Demolished or Vacant Properties;
  • $100,000 for Financing Mechanisms such as downpayment assistance; and
  • $170,000 for the Administration of the program.

Further information regarding NSP

pdf  Application for non-NSP Final 01/27/2009
pdf  NSP Public Hearing Overview
pdf  NSP Public Notice 05/14/2009
pdf  Application for Federal Assistance SF-424
pdf  CC Agenda Report Accept NSP Award 05/11/2009
pdf  HUD Form 7015.15 MSHDA 04/28/2009

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Youth Summer Work Experience Program

Michigan Works! is tripling its Youth Summer Work Experience Program thanks to additional funding from the federal government's economic stimulus plan. More than 1,000 youths, ages 14 - 24, from Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties will have the opportunity to gain work experience this summer. During the period of May 1st to September 30th youth workers will be paid $7.40/hour in positions such as clerical, customer service, maintenance, child care, etc. For eligibility, youth must:

  • Be between ages of 14-24 (Documentation required: photo ID, birth certificate, social security card)
  • Be low income (Verification will be required)
  • Be in need of work experience based on previous work history or lack of work history.
  • Each youth will be assigned a case manager to assist with career readiness development. The employer commitment is simple. Employers must provide the necessary supervision and training for the youth in regards to specific duties assigned and also provide tools and equipment necessary to complete the work. In addition to the opportunity to increase workforce capacity and diversity, work-site employers are also investing in the development of our region's future workforce.

More than 150 businesses have already signed up to be a part of this initiative. For more information as to how your organization can be involved contact Don Hepner in Kalamazoo County at 269-349-9676 or Nancy Percival in St. Joseph County at 269-273-2717.

"This is more than helping young people earn money. It's an opportunity for youth to increase skills, learn new skills, establish lasting relationships with employers, and to establish references for future employment opportunities," says Dolly Roselip, Director or Youth Opportunities Unlimited, the Michigan Works! service provider operating the program.

pdf  Youth Summer Work Experience Programs

pdf  Youth Summer Press Release 04/20/2009

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Funding Opportunities

U.S. Housing and Urban Development

Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program enables local governments to undertake a wide range of activities intended to create suitable living environments, provide decent affordable housing and create economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate income. Under the Recovery Act, recipients shall give priority to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days of the grant agreement.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program

The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program will provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance. The funds will provide for a variety of assistance, including: short-term or medium-term rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services, including such activities as mediation, credit counseling, security or utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and case management.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

HUD's new Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) provides targeted emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight within their communities. The State of Michigan has been allocated $98,653,915 to address the areas of greatest need within Michigan for such activities:

  • Acquisition and rehabilitation of foreclosed or abandoned single family homes for resale to owner-occupants (all applicants);
  • Demolition of blighted structures for future redevelopment (land banks only);
  • Demolition of blighted structures for green space or for immediate redevelopment (all applicants);
  • Redevelopment of demolished or vacant lots for single family owner occupied housing (all eligible applicants);
  • Redevelopment of demolished or vacant properties for public facilities or public services (land banks, local units of government, and nonprofits only).

U.S. Department of Justice

Byrne Justice Assistant Grant

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program

The Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program provides resources to improve the capacity of state and local criminal justice systems. The Recovery Act funding will focus on job creation and retention in support of evidence-based and date-drive programs.

The program will solicit applications from national, state, regional, or local public and private entities, including for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal jurisdictions. Applications for funding should be submitted through the on-line OJP Grants Management System (GMS).

Community Oriented Policing (COPS)

The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) received $1 billion of the Federal aid issued through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The COPS Office was created through the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The mission of the COPS Office is to advance the practice of community policing as an effective strategy to improve public safety. Moving from a reactive to proactive role, community policing represents a shift from more traditional law enforcement practices.

The Act provides funding to the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) in the form of grants for hiring, as well as rehiring, additional career law enforcement officers. CHRP grants will provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for 3 years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts. There is no cap on the number of positions an agency may request, but funds are limited to available funding.

Status of KDPS ARRA Projects

U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program enables
eligible entities to create and implement strategies to:

  • Reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and, to the maximum extent practicable, maximizes benefits for local and regional communities;
  • Reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities; and
  • Improve energy efficiency in the building sector, the transportation sector, and other appropriate sectors.

Entities are to develop initiatives and projects that address one or more of the provided objectives in a manner that is of maximum benefit over time in terms of energy and emission reductions for the community of that entity.

U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Transit Administration

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) supports locally planned and operated public mass transit systems throughout the United States. FTA funding opportunities assist entities with projects such as the construction of commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, etc. FTA programs provide transit systems the resources to reduce energy consumption, purchase equipment, modify facilities, and conduct other capital investments for mass transit.

Federal Highway Administration

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding opportunities are to be used for state, local governments, and transit agencies for surface transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or region. Funding will be used for improvements to roads, bridges, pedestrian/bike facilities, carpool lots, safety projects, storm water, rail, port investments, streetscapes, Intelligent Transportation Systems, as well as highway projects.

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The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) is responsible for overseeing all funds under the Recovery Act and providing the public with a direct and immediate link to spending through Recovery.gov. The RATB not only wants to provide the public with unprecedented oversight of Recovery Act funds, but also ensure swift and immediate action to prevent fraud, waste, and mismanagement.

As money begins to flow to grant and contract recipients, the public may become aware of potential fraud that should be investigated to ensure the Recovery Act funds are spent properly. Recovery.gov is currently working to provide an on-line complaint and hotline service to log suspected fraudulent use of the recovery money. In the meantime, there are ways for you to get your message to the right agency fast. If you see fraud, waste, or mismanagement of Recovery Act funds, refer the matter immediately to the respective agency. If you meet the criteria as a whistleblower, there are certain protections afforded under the Recovery Act, outlined here.

WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS UNDER THE RECOVERY ACT

Section 1553 of Division A, Title XV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5, provides protections for certain individuals who make specified disclosures relating to Recovery Act funds. Any non-federal employer receiving recovery funds is required to post a notice of the rights and remedies provided under this section of the Act. View the following poster to understand your rights:

pdf  Recovery Act Whistleblower Rights Poster

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Overview

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It was an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act was an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and included measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

Implementing ARRA

Funding Opportunities

See what  pdf  Kalamazoo County Has Received

Michigan Works! - Youth Summer Work Experience Program

Department of Energy:  pdf  EE and CBG Grant Information

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Links

If you want to apply for bid for grants, contracts, loans or loan guarantees use the following links to learn more:

Grants.gov

FBO.gov

Inspector General's Website

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pdf  Recovery Act Whistleblower Rights Poster