Notice is hereby given that the City of Rockford (City) will hold a virtual public hearing. The public hearing will be recorded and available for review starting 12/17/2020 (8 AM) on the City’s website at www.rockfordil.gov. The purpose of the public hearing is to present a draft of the City’s 2021 Annual Action Plan (AAP) and amendments to the Citizen Participation Plan (CPP).

The AAP summarizes available funding resources, as well as related proposed activities designed to meet community, housing, and economic development needs in Rockford. The AAP describes how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds will be spent in 2021. The funding levels are anticipated to be similar to 2020 funding levels of $2,171,526 for CDBG funds, $982,370 in HOME funds, and $184,641 for ESG funds and are contingent upon the final approval of the Federal FY 2021 budget.  All plans will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) after HUD announces final FY 2021 allocation amounts. The City is also making clarifications to the Citizen Participation Plan regarding recent amendments related to the CARES Act, including the adherence of any health and safety mitigation measures.  

Plans will be available for public display and comment beginning Monday, 12/7/2020 at 8 AM through Tuesday, Jan 5, 2021 at 5 PM. The plans are available on the City’s website www.rockfordil.gov. Should you have any difficulty accessing the plans, please call 779-348-7162.

City Staff encourages all interested parties, including Rockford citizens, to comment regarding housing and community development needs, including priority non-housing community development needs and affirmatively furthering fair housing. Written comments may be addressed to Deb Dorsey, Housing and Program Manager, Dept. of Community and Economic Development, 425 East State St, Rockford, IL 61104 or emailed to deb.dorsey@rockfordil.gov, faxed to (815) 967-6933, or by using the City’s payment drop box located at 425 East State Street, parking lot entrance. Envelopes must be addressed to Deb Dorsey, Dept. of Community & Economic Development.

If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate any resident in order for them to view the public hearing, including translation services, please call Rea Anderson, Community & Economic Development Dept., City of Rockford, at (779) 348-7162, to make those arrangements.