The public is encouraged to attend a special St. Helens City Council meeting on December 1 to help the city identify specific community needs.
The City of St. Helens is eligible to apply for a 2021 Business Oregon Community Development Block Grant. The grants can be used for public amenities and housing improvements, mainly for people with low and moderate incomes.
Community Development Block Grant funds come from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Approximately $ 12 million will go to cities and non-metropolitan counties in Oregon in 2021. The maximum grant a city or county can receive is $ 1,500,000.
The City of St. Helens is applying for a 2021 Business Oregon Community Development Block Grant for the Lifempowered Empowerment Center. It is estimated that the proposed project will benefit at least 75 people, 95% of whom will have low or moderate incomes.
St. Helens City Council has scheduled a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1 in the St. Helens Council Chamber at Town Hall, 265 Strand Street, St. Helens to seek the views of citizens and respond to questions and comments about community development and housing needs, especially the needs of low and moderate income people, as well as other community needs that could be helped by a Block Development Grant project community and the proposed project.
Written comments are also welcome and must be received by November 30, at the Town of St. Helens, 265 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR 97051. Oral and written comments will be considered by St Helens City Council. Helens to decide whether to apply. The place of the hearing is accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact Kathy Payne, City Recorder, at 503.366.8217 if you require special accommodations to attend or participate in the meeting.
More information on Oregon’s Community Development Block Grants, the proposed project, and records of the city’s past use of Community Development Block Grants funds are available for public review at 265 Strand Street, St. Helens, Ore., During regular business hours. Advance notice is requested. If any special accommodations are required, please advise Kathy Payne, City Secretary at 503-366-8217, so that appropriate assistance can be provided.
Permanent involuntary displacement of persons or companies is not foreseen as a result of the proposed project. If displacement becomes necessary, alternatives will be considered to minimize displacement and provide required / reasonable benefits to displaced persons. All modest and modest income housing demolished or converted to another use will be replaced.