PALM BAY - The City of Palm Bay will hear proposals from 14 applicants that submitted proposals for $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds at a meeting on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers, according to a release from the City.

The meeting is open to the public, the City added.

On May 5, the Council tabbed the $5 million in ARPA funds given to the City for “the purpose of addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and related public services,” per the release.

In all, the City was allocated $18,009,865 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, according to the City’s website. Submissions were due by Aug. 15. Additionally, the City noted that both non-profit and profit agencies, or a combination of both, were eligible to apply.

The 14 entities that applied for ARPA funds include: 1611 Meridian LLC, Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Inc., Community of Hope, Inc., Daily Bread, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Helps Community Initiatives Inc., I am Ministries, Inc. dba The Source, Kingdom Culture Church of Palm Bay FL, Inc., Little Growers Inc., Miniopolis LCC, South Brevard Sharing Center, Inc., Volunteers of America of Florida, Inc., Wings of Grace Ministries, Inc. and Women’s Center, Inc.

In particular, the City also discussed the Daily Bread’s proposal to build a four-story housing complex that would include services for the homeless in an area just west of Greenacre Dr. SE on Malabar Rd. In the release, they noted that the proposed Daily Bread project would “require a comprehensive plan/future land use amendment and rezoning.”

Further, they added that those land use changes would not only require applications to be sent to the City but it would also requirements for a citizen participation plan as well as “multiple opportunities for public discussion,” including at both Council and Planning & Zoning meetings.

Those interested in more information about the ARPA process are encouraged to visit pbfl.org/ARPA.

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