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City of Peabody and The North Shore HOME Consortium are seeking public comment on its Draft Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2024

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR
DRAFT ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

The City of Peabody and The North Shore HOME Consortium, an organization comprised of thirty cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley and the North Shore, are seeking public comment on its Draft Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2024. The City of Peabody and the Consortium are seeking feedback on these documents from interested parties regarding 1.) The use of HOME funds for the development of affordable housing in the North Shore HOME Consortium region in the coming year; and 2.) The use of CDBG funds to assist low and moderate-income persons in the City of Peabody in the coming year. The Consortium’s communities include: Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Georgetown, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, West Newbury and Wilmington.

The activities proposed with HOME funds include: Creating Affordable Rental Housing; Rehabilitating Existing Housing Stock; Creating Affordable Homeownership Housing Units; Providing Tenant-based Rental Assistance to Target Populations. The proposed CDBG activities include: Social Service Activities, Infrastructure, Rehabilitating Existing Housing Stock, Safety Improvements and Economic Development Activities.

An electronic copy of the Consortium’s and City’s 2024 Action plan will be available on March 25th, 2024 at www.peabody-ma.gov. The Consortium’s Plan will be forwarded to each member community and can be accessed at their Community Development/Planning Departments. The public comment period will begin on Monday, March 25th and will end on Thursday, April 25th, 2024. During this time, three in- person Public Hearings will be held to invite comment on the draft document, in accordance with 24 CFR 91.105(c)(2) of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs. The three Public Hearings will be conducted for the purpose of receiving comments on local housing and community development needs on the following dates and locations, all are accessible:

  • Tuesday April 9th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.
    Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room, 123 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.
    Haverhill Public Library, Milhendler Room, 99 Main St, Haverhill, MA
  • Thursday, April 11th, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
    Peabody City Hall, Lower-Level Conference Room, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA or remotely via Zoom Conference. Access the Zoom Conference by:
  1. Enter this link into your web browser to join the meeting:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84888044321?pwd=aW1ia1N4VVpJKzdhbUdaWmVBTXVTQT09
  2. Enter the meeting ID#: 848 8804 4321 as directed on the webpage and click “Join”. Follow the onscreen instructions to join the meeting. Passcode: 406248

Participants can instead dial a toll-free number 1 305 224 1968 to join the meeting. When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID# 848 8804 4321 and follow the instructions to join the meeting.

Citizens, all interested parties, representatives from the City of Peabody and from the Consortium’s member communities, and nonprofit providers are urged to participate in these hearings. Written comments are also encouraged, and may be addressed, on or before April 25th 2024 to:

Lisa Greene or Stacey Bernson
The Department of Community Development and Planning
City Hall, 24 Lowell Street
Peabody, Massachusetts 01960
e-mail addresses: lisa.greene@peabody-ma.gov or stacey.bernson@peabody-ma.gov