PALM BAY - The City of Palm Bay has announced that $101,368.20 is still available for eligible programs related to Special Economic Development or Affordable Housing activities that “prepare, prevent, and respond to the coronavirus”. 

That amount is what is left from the $458,099 in coronavirus Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV )funds received by Palm Bay under the CARES Act.

The Palm Bay City Council voted to make the funding available after approving a substantial amendment to their 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan at the June 4 regular council meeting last year.

The CDBG-CV funds are administered by the City of Palm Bay and regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

The funding can be used for a wide range of activities that prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

That includes public services, certain technical assistance programs, special economic development and housing activities, and improvements to public facilities.

An eligible activity must meet one of three national objectives set forth by HUD:

* it must benefit low to moderate income individuals

*it must aid in the prevention of slums or blight

*it must meet a community need having particular urgency, such as COVID-19.

The eligibility rules for the funding are outlined in 24 CFR 570.201.

Applications for funding are now available and can be picked up during normal business hours at the Community & Economic Development Department located on the 2nd floor at Palm Bay City Hall, 120 Malabar Road SE in Palm Bay.

Applications are also available at the Palm Bay Public Library located at 1520 Port Malabar Boulevard NE, Franklin T. DeGroodt Public Library at 6475 Minton Road SW, and The Evans Center at 1361 Florida Avenue NE.

Requests for applications can also be made via email at CDBGCV@pbfl.org.

Applications will be accepted until all funds are allocated and can be dropped off during normal business hours, mailed to Palm Bay City Hall, Second Floor, 120 Malabar Road SE, Palm Bay, FL 32907 or emailed to CDBGCV@pbfl.org.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Housing Division’s website at www.palmbayflorida.org/housing for information on eligible programs and activities under this grant program.

For more information regarding the CDBG-CV application process, call (321) 726-5633 or email CDBGCV@pbfl.org.

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