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Kingston Office for Community Development Action Plan 2013

Kingston Office for Community Development Action Plan 2013

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Kingston Office for Community Development Action Plan 2013
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 Annual Action Plan20131
OMB Control No: 2506-0117 (exp. 07/31/2015)
Executive Summary
ES-05 Executive Summary
1. Introduction
The 2013 Annual Action Plan for the City of Kingston is the final action plan submitted under the city'sFive Year Consolidated Housing & Community Development Plan. The allocation for the fiscal year 2013is estimated to be $617,500.00. An additional $500,000 of past program resources will also be allocatedduring program year 2013. The Director of the City of Kingston Community Development Agencyrequested and attended meetings with the CDA citizen advisory group, City Common Council members,not-for-profit service providers, affordable housing advocates and the general public to discuss the 2013Annual Action Plan in conjunction with planning for the 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan. The CommunityNeeds narratives were developed in part from the input received at these meetings.The Office of Community Development prepares its annual list of funding priorities, based upon thefollowing factors:
Previously documented need
Funding requests from the community
The need to create employment opportunities
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Public facility needs
Ongoing assessment of the overall needs of both the community and its residents
Input from public service providers
Input from governmental agencies engaged with Community Development activitiesPrior to 2004, the City of Kingston received Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In the past, thesefunds had been received through an annual competitive process. The City had been successful in thesecompetitive grant rounds, securing over $7.1 million in both Single Purpose and Comprehensive Multi-Year awards. HUD awarded Small Cities funds have been used to support a variety of programsbenefiting low and moderate income (LMI) persons, and have included rental and home ownershiphousing programs, public facilities, communitypr
ograms, job training and economic development. The projects funded through the City of Kingston’s
Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program have had a far-reaching positive impact onthe City and its residents. In 2004 through an administrative rule change, which allows a City with apopulation of less than 50,000 to receive an annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant
funds, the City of Kingston was designated as an “Entitlement Community.”
This qualification as an
“Entitlement Community,” has allowed the City to become eligible for annual funding through a formula
grant.In Program Year 2009 the City adopted a new five (5) year Consolidated Community Development andHousing Plan and an Annual Action Plan. The city, with cooperation and input from the community,developed a program funding matrix that not only addressed the goals and objectives outlined in thefive(5) year Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan, but also extended its CDBGinitiatives consistent with the objectives of 2013 Annual Action Plan. For fiscal year 2013, the city hasagain employed a community driven strategy to best use the Community Development Block Grantaward. HUD will oversee the process to ensure statutory compliance. The elevation of the city to
“entitlement status” allows the community, through a Citizen’s Participation Plan (91.200(b)) and staff 
assistance to outline a long-range strategy for the utilization of Community Development Block Grantfunds. With these Annual Action Plans, the city, in accordance with the new 2009-2013 consolidatedplan, can effectively assess the community needs and priorities, and develop effective mechanisms toaddress these needs.
2. Summary of the objectives and outcomes identified in the Plan Needs AssessmentOverview
As outlined in the city’s Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan for 2009 –
2013, thereare three basic program goals for the Community Development Block Grant Program.
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1. Decent Housing2. A Suitable Living Environment3. Expanded Economic OpportunitiesFurther, community development goals for the city were developed after careful consideration of inputduring the public comment and suggestion process as follows:1. Affordable Housing2. Youth Programs3. Public Services4. Infrastructure5. Public Facilities6. Public Safety7. Economic Development
As we address Kingston’s priority community development needs, the city strives to meet theCommunity Development Block Grant Program’s st
atutory goals and regulatory requirements. Theseinclude providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities,principally for extremely low, low and moderate income City residents.
3. Evaluation of past performance
The City of Kingston prepares an annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) which identifiedseveral areas that call for improvements to oversight over regulatory compliance, the need to betterassess the capacity of sub-recipients to undertake CDBG sponsored projects, and a failure to meetprojected housing goals established by the 5 Year Consolidated Plan. Taking into consideration pastperformance, significant changes have been undertaken to properly administer the program, improvethe timeliness of program expenditures, and effectively target program dollars where they are mostneeded.Throughout the previous year a greater degree of technical assistance and monitoring has occurred thanin the past. This has improved the capacity of service providers seeking program dollars. However, insome cases, worthy non-profits that lacked administrative capacity were turned away in allocatingresources. The capacity of grant recipients to effectively administer the program dollars in compliancewith regulatory compliance was the highest priority along with consolidated plan program goals.
4. Summary of citizen participation process and consultation process
As this Action Plan was prepared in coordination with the 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan, numerousopportunities were provided for public participation into the process including public hearings, a door-

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