Final Draft 2020 Annual Action Plan

The City of Seattle, as part of its normal Annual Action Plan adoption process, posted a 30-day public comment period prior to this notice and ending on April 6th, 2020 for the Draft 2020 Annual Action Plan (AAP) to the 2018-22 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. The Draft 2020 AAP includes proposed guidance for the allocation of an estimated $16.7 million of 2020 federal grant revenue [approximately $9.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, $3.3 million in HOME program funds, $820,644 in Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESG) funds and $2.9 million in Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds] from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

In response to the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19 in Seattle and its impact on small businesses, the City decided to reprogram 2018 and 2019 underspent funding and combine this with a portion of 2020 allocations to fund grants (up to $10,000 per grantee) for businesses located in Seattle with up to five employees whose owners otherwise meet eligibility criteria for use of CDBG funds (up to 80% average median income for Seattle).

The City of Seattle, as directed by the CARES Act, is substantially amending its Annual Action Plan to accept the first round of CARES Act funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. This amendment describes how the City will use the approximately $8.9m allocated to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus.

As amended by the CARES Act, the City was required to post a 5-day public comment period, followed by a public hearing, prior to submitting the amended Annual Action Plan (AAP) to the 2018-22 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development federal department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Annual Action Plan responds to HUD requirements for the City of Seattle to access these funds. It describes the allocations of these funds to address the housing, homeless, community development and economic development needs of the City’s low and moderate income residents and neighborhoods.

The Public was invited to attend a virtual public hearing to discuss the proposed 2020 Annual Action Plan and these changes at a Seattle City Council meeting on:

May 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm
at Seattle City Hall
through virtual teleconferencing

Watch the Council hearing on video at http://seattlechannel.org/

You may request an electronic or hard copy of the report by contacting the Federal Grants Manager. Comments can be sent via email or mail to:  

Dan Burton
Federal Grants Manager
Seattle Human Services Department
PO Box 34215
Seattle WA 98124-4215

For questions about the Consolidated Plan, please call Debra Rhinehart at (206) 684-0574.