Five Day Comment Period for 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan & the FY 2019 Action Plan

Notice to the Public of Five Day Comment Period Substantial Amendment to the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan & the FY 2019 Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Grant Program CARES Act Funding and Citizen Participation Plan

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In accordance 24 CFR 91.05 (c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to the City of Monroe’s Citizen Participation Plan and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the City of Monroe is preparing an amendment to the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan & FY 2019 Annual Action Plan for the City of Monroe available to the public through this notice.

Due to the social distancing guidelines, the City Council meeting will be utilized to acknowledge the public hearing on May 11, 2021. However, the meeting will be streamed live via Facebook, and there will be an opportunity for the public to submit written comments on the Action Plan.
The comment period will begin on May 12th and ends on May 19, 2021.

Members of the public who wish to submit their written comments on a listed agenda item must submit their comments at or by calling (318) 329-2256 for staff assistance.

This is an amendment to the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan & FY 2019 Annual Action Plan will enable the City of Monroe to receive and administer $383,763.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Additional CDBG funding made available to the City by HUD through the CARES Act is unknown at this time. Still, it will be used for the same purpose as the initial allocations indicated above, which is to prevent the spread of coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) and facilitate assistance to eligible communities, households, and persons economically impacted by COVID-19.

Eligible CDBG activities include, but are not limited to, assisting low- and moderate-income households with minor rehabilitation, public facilities improvements, and new programs to prevent or respond to coronavirus.

Furthermore, the City of Monroe will reprogram unutilized CARES Act funding to public service, public facilities and housing projects to address COVID-19 related issues.

The following activities will be supported by the CARES ACT funding:

Source of FundsProject/ActivityCategory:


Public Facilities – Transit Division
CBDG CARES Act will fund eighteen
(18) locations with trash receptacles,
three (3) sites with bus shelters & solar
lighting, & 8’ shelter benches.
Public Facilities$ 175,000
Hosting Health Fairs with COVID-19
Public Facilities$ 15,000
Mobile Library & Mobile Activity
Public Facilities$76,000
Minor Rehabilitation for covid related
projects by improving ventilation, air
quality & overall quality of life.
Program Administration, supplies &
Program Delivery Costs: CDBG CARE
COVID19 Funds will be invested to
utilize staff to address
Administration -
15% cap of
CDBG Grant
Housing Delivery
CDBG Total:  $383,763


Written comments regarding the Substantial Amendment on the proposed usage of funds should be addressed to:
City of Monroe
Community Development
Jawaun Downs, Director
P. O. Box 123
Monroe, LA 71201-0123

Comments can also be emailed to

All comments will need to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. May 19, 2021.

This notice is being posted at the ___12th___ day of __May___, 2021.