The City of Battle Creek’s Community Development Division supports neighborhoods by administering federal programs and coordinating planning efforts. It administers the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership formula grant programs. It also coordinates, in partnership with other local agencies, federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) competitive grant funds.
Every 5 years, the City of Battle Creek is required to create a Consolidated Plan that describes how the city will allocate Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funds to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income persons in Battle Creek. The 2020-2024 Draft Consolidated Plan and draft 2020 Annual Action Plan is available for review and public comment from July 16, 2020 to July 30, 2020.
Usually a thirty (30) day public comment period is required however, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has waived this requirement as part of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, H.R.728) provided that no less than five (5) days are provided for public comments on each substantial amendment.
Written comments on the City of Battle Creek’s draft 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and the draft 2020 Annual Action Plan including the Proposed Use of Funds may be made until July 30, 2020, to: Chris Lussier, Community Development Supervisor, City of Battle Creek, Community Development Department, City Hall Suite 117, 10 N. Division Street, Battle Creek, MI 49014
As part of the City of Battle Creek’s Citizen Participation process, the City will hold a formal public hearing on the draft 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and draft 2020 Annual Action Plan including the Proposed Use of Funds on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. during the City Commission Meeting. The meeting will take place remotely, with live broadcast on AccessVision cable channels, via Live 17 at accessvision.tv, and on the city’s Facebook page, facebook.com/cerealcitymichigan.
To offer public comment during the meeting, call into the meeting at 312-626-6799. Enter meeting ID 957-7957-7991, and you will placed in a virtual waiting room until it is your turn to speak. You can email public comments to City Clerk Victoria Houser at email@example.com, or by placing written comments, addressed to the City Commission, in the payment drop box in the parking lot of City Hall by noon on July 21.
Annual Action Plan
Each program year, the City of Battle Creek reports to HUD how it plans to spend Federal Community Development funding in its Annual Action Plan. The 2020-21 Draft Annual Action Plan is contained in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. It is currently available for review and public comment.
Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
After the end of each program year (June 30th), the City of Battle Creek is required to report the accomplishments of the CDBG and HOME programs to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in a document called the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). - 2018-2019 Draft CAPER
Housing Rehab Programs
Community Development administers a CDBG-funded Minor Home Repair Program and a HOME-funded homeowner rehab program. HOME funding also rehabs vacant houses through partnerships with local non-profit agencies.