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Lafayette School Senior Apartments Ribbon Cutting to be Held August 31st, 2009

Portsmouth CDBG Public Service Agency Grant Program

Program Description
Operating funds for non-profit public service agencies that assist Portsmouth individuals or families who earn very low, low or moderate incomes (as defined by U.S. Housing and Urban Development) are available through this program.   

Eligible Agencies
Agencies must have a 501(c)(3) tax exemption status and over 51% of their clients must earn very low, low or moderate incomes.  If an agency received CDBG funds in a previous fiscal year, the agency must be able to either increase the number of clients to be assisted or the services to be provided in the coming fiscal year.  Agencies must have a place of business in Portsmouth, unless the program or service for which funding is sought is not currently available to Portsmouth residents who earn very low, low or moderate incomes.

Eligible Expenses
The cost of labor, supplies, and/or materials required for the provision of services to agency clientele are eligible expenses.  Grant funds may not be used for political activities or payments to individuals or families for food, clothing, rent, or utilities.

Project Beneficiaries
At least 51% of the individuals and/or families assisted by the program funded must earn very low, low or moderate incomes.

Grants Available
Grants from $5,000 to $15,000 are available to eligible agencies.

Application Process
Interested agencies are encouraged to contact David Moore, Assistant Community Development Director, to discuss their proposal and request an application.  Applications must be submitted to the Portsmouth Community Development Department by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2009.

This is a competitive grant process.  All applications are reviewed by the Citizens Advisory Committee which makes funding recommendations.  Organizations awarded grants receive reimbursement for approved expenses incurred between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.

For more information
Contact David Moore, at 610-7226 at the Community Development Department, Portsmouth City Hall, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH, 03801.

The CDBG Public Service Agency Grant Program is administered by the City’s Community Development Department and financed by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) provided by U.S. Housing and Urban Development.



Project Ideas Sought for Portsmouth CDBG Program

December 16, 2008

The City of Portsmouth’s Citizens Advisory Committee will be seeking ideas for new Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects at a public hearing held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 8th in Conference Room A in Portsmouth City Hall.  This is public hearing is held as part of the development of the FY 2009-2010 CDBG Annual Plan and Budget.  The Citizens Advisory Committee is responsible for developing the CDBG Annual Plan and recommending it to the City Manager for approval.

At this hearing, the Community Development staff will describe the CDBG project eligibility requirements and solicit input from the public regarding new projects.  CDBG projects must benefit Portsmouth families who earn very low, low and moderate incomes.  CDBG funds can be used to carry out projects in City neighborhoods where more than half of the residents earn low or moderate incomes and to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

Residents who would like more information, or are unable to attend the public hearing on January 8th and would like to share their comments, may call David Moore, Assistant Community Development Director at 610-7226.


Lafayette School Renovation Kick-off to be Held

November 5, 2008

PORTSMOUTH – On Friday November 7th at 3:00 p.m. the City and the Portsmouth Housing Authority will hold a kick-off event at the Lafayette School to celebrate the beginning of renovations to the former Lafayette School building.  Mayor Thomas G. Ferrini will attend and members of the City Council and members of the Portsmouth Housing Authority Board of Directors and the Citizens Advisory Committee are invited.

The Portsmouth Housing Authority and the City have been working in partnership to redevelop the former Lafayette School building into 10 units of senior housing.  All of the units will be rented to seniors age 62 or over who earn less than 60% of Median Family Income. 

In October 2008, the City and the Lafayette School Limited Partnership, the entity established by the Portsmouth Housing Authority to develop the project, entered into a 98-year lease for the use of the Lafayette School Building, which has been vacant since 1998.

Following a competitive bidding process the Portsmouth Housing Authority selected Ricci Construction and construction on the project began on October 14, 2008.  The project cost is $2.6 million and will be funded in part with Low Income Housing Tax Credits as well as federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Federal Home Loan Bank funds.  The Northern New England Housing Investment fund served as the developer consultant and tax-credit equity investor for the project.