Background and Community Outreach
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has notified the city of an additional special allocation of funding associated with the federal CARES Act. The funding is intended to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city has been allocated the following amounts:
- Community Development Block Grant – CDBG-CV-3: $500,310
- Emergency Solutions Grant Program – ESG-CV-2: $1,252,530
- Total CDBG-CV-3 and ESG-CV-2 Special Allocations: $1,752,840
These amounts will be added as a Substantial Amendment to the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan, Year 5 of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. Input about arising needs for people with low and moderate incomes related to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged. The following activities are being considered for funding: public services, small business/micro-enterprise technical assistance, job training, subsistence payments to prevent homelessness, homeless facilities, homelessness prevention and rapid-rehousing, homeless case management, homeless outreach services, and emergency shelter. All activities receiving funds shall assist with needs related to the preventing, preparing for, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD has issued a waiver to 24 CFR 91.105(c)(2) and (k), 91.115(c)(2) and (i) and 24 CFR 91.401 that allows for an expedited comment period. The comment period was open from Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, October 26, 2020. A virtual public hearing was held via WebEx on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM by the Community Development Committee. See the full Public Comment and Public Hearing notice here. The City held an additional virtual community input session on November 19th. View the recording of that session here.
Request for Proposals
The City of Duluth issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit project proposals for CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding. Proposals were due on January 22, 2021. A review committee is evaluating the proposals to help the City of Duluth select projects that respond to the community’s most pressing needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
January 7, 2021: Online RFP Review Session and Q&A
- View the session recoding here.
January 15, 2021: Deadline to submit Questions
January 19, 2021: Answers to Questions posted
- Click here for the questions and answers regarding this RFP.
January 22, 2021: Proposals Due
- Proposals must be received electronically by the Purchasing Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4:00 PM on this date.