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Rome Community Development

The City of Rome Community Development Department's primary responsibility lies in making applications for and administration of awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP). These awards are made as grants to the City and then must be used for approved projects and activities that primarily benefit low and moderate income persons in our City. Activities fall into the general categories of: public facilities such as: the Boys and Girls Clubs in South Rome or the Kelsey-Aycock-Burrell Center in North Rome; public infrastructures such as: the street/drainage/or sidewalk improvements on Lyons Drive in West Rome; or housing such as: new construction, rehabilitation, etc. that are city wide. Management of grant- funded projects and planning for future activities are also very important duties of the Community Development Department.

Mission

Our goal is to improve the quality of life for our citizens through innovative programs in the areas of housing, economic development and public facilities by partnering with federal and state funding sources to augment local public and private equity.

Programs and Services

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Housing Programs
Economic Development

News and Announcements

The City of Rome Community Development Department is proposing to amend BOTH the 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan and the 2019 Annual Action Plan for use of the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement (CDBG) funds. This amendment is in accordance with 24 CFR 91.05(c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for CDBG programs, and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Public Comment Period and Process:       
Th is Consolidated Plan/Action Plan/Citizen Participation Plan amendment is available for a 5-day public review and comment period from February 19, 2021 through February 23, 2021. Citizens wishing to submit written comments during the public review and comment period may email them to bfox@romega.us or mail them (postmarked no later than 2/23/21) to the following:                                                                                                                                 

City of Rome Community Development Department
Attention: Bekki Fox
P.O. Box 1433
Rome, GA. 30162-1433

Proposed Substantial Amendment and Proposed Use of Funds: 
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the City of Rome additional CDBG funds through the CARES Act (CDBG-CV3) for $255,497 to help combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed use of the new funds is to create an emergency subsistence payment program for rent and/or utilities for income eligible residents of the City of Rome. Eligible applicants must have had a loss of income directly due to the pandemic in order to qualify for assistance.

Public Hearing: 
A VIRTUAL public hearing will be held via ZOOM on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM. The link will be posted on the City’s web page and social media sites. Persons with special needs relating to disability access, vision impairment, hearing impairment and/or language barriers should contact Bekki Fox (706)236-4477. The hearing impaired may use the Georgia Relay Service at 1-800-255-0056.

              Public Notice for CV-3 Amendments                       Draft 2019-2023 ConPlan      

  Join Zoom Meeting:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85602616159?pwd=eGxlU1l4aDRHeHdDdHBJc0RzL3A1dz09

Contacts

Community Development Director

Bekki Fox         bfox@romega.us                                                                                                                                                                                            

Grants and Housing Administrator

Courtnay Williams Griffin           cgriffin@romega.us
   

Program and Compliance Specialist

Suzanne Parris          sparris@romega.us                                                                                                                                                                           


Address

607 Broad Street suite 130
PO Box 1433
Rome, GA 30162-1433

Phone and Fax

Phone: 706-236-4477
Fax: 706-236-4448