Santa Rosa County is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for a FFY 2015 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of up to $750,000.00. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes:

  1. To benefit low and moderate income persons; or
  2. To aid in the prevention or elimination or slums or blight; or
  3. To meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.

The categories for which these funds may be used are in the areas of housing or neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization, and economic development and include a variety of activities including:

Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization: housing rehabilitation, demolition of dilapidated housing and relocation of residents, weatherization and energy- efficiency improvements, code enforcement, land assembly or site preparation for new construction, physical improvements activities such as water and sewer improvements, street improvements, drainage and neighborhood facilities.

Commercial Revitalization: rehabilitation and demolition of dilapidated buildings, relocation of residents, physical improvement activities such as water and sewer improvements, street improvements, drainage and neighborhood facilities.

Economic Development: infrastructure improvements, acquisition of real property loans to private-for-profit business, purchase of machinery and equipment or energy conservation.

For each activity that is proposed, at least 70% of the funds must benefit low and moderate income persons.

In developing an application for submission to DEO, Santa Rosa County must plan to minimize displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG activities. In addition, Santa Rosa County is required to develop a plan to assist displaced persons.

The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community’s housing and community development needs will be held at the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, located at 6495 Caroline Street, Milton, FL on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 9:30 A.M. To obtain additional information concerning the public hearing, contact Emily Spencer at (850) 983-1855. The Public Hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or visually impaired should contact Emily Spencer by March 22, 2016, and an interpreter will be provided. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should contact Emily Spencer by March 22, 2016 and a language interpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunications Device for Deaf Persons (TDD) please call 1-800-455-8770 and ask for relay to Santa Rosa County.

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