City of Martinsburg

Community Development

The Community Development Department administers two federal housing and community development programs – the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME).

The City of Martinsburg became an entitlement community for the CDBG program in 2004.

In 2007, the City also became a Participating Jurisdiction under the HOME program for affordable housing. The City is the lead member and administrator of the Eastern Panhandle HOME Consortium of West Virginia. The Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP) is funded through the HOME Consortium.

City of Martinsburg Resident Survey for the Preparation of the

FY 2019-2023 Five Year Consolidated Plan,

FY 2019 Annual Action Plan,

and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

The City of Martinsburg is preparing its FY 2019-2023 Five Year Consolidated Plan, FY 2019 Annual Action Plan, and the update to the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Programs.  As part of the planning process, the City is conducting a survey to identify residents' needs in the community and ideas on how the residents would like to see funds budgeted through the CDBG and HOME Programs. Please take a few minutes and complete this confidential survey to the best of your ability.  Thank you for your assistance in helping us to identify residents' needs in the City of Martinsburg.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019Martinsburg


PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

CITY OF MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA

FY 2019 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT AND

HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS

Notice is hereby given that the City of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 4:30 PM, prevailing time, in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers, Martinsburg City Hall, 232 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401. The Martinsburg City Hall and the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers are accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate any resident in order for them to participate in the public hearing, including translation services, please call Ms. Nancy Strine, Community Development Administrator, City of Martinsburg, at (304) 264-2131 Ext. 278, to make those arrangements, or for persons who may have a hearing impediment, please contact 7-1-1 for the TTY/TTD relay.

The purpose of this public hearing is to gather information for the City’s Five Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2019-2023, the Annual Action Plan for 2019, and to update the City’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (A.I.), which the City must submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Entitlement Funds. Additionally, the hearing will be used to solicit the views and comments of individuals and organizations concerning the housing, community and economic development, and fair housing needs in the City of Martinsburg.

Based on last year’s funding, the City of Martinsburg anticipates to be notified by the U.S. Department of HUD that it is eligible to receive a CDBG entitlement grant in the approximate amount of $324,390 for FY 2019, based on the previous FY 2018 CDBG allocation. HOME funding for the Eastern Panhandle HOME Consortium should be approximately $489,990 for FY 2019, based on the previous FY 2018 HOME allocation. These funding levels are contingent upon the final approval of the Federal Budget for FY 2019. The City doesn’t anticipate notice of its funding allocation until Spring of 2019. In order to receive those funds, the City of Martinsburg must prepare a Five Year Consolidated Plan and a One Year Annual Action Plan for the use of Federal funds. At least 70% of the CDBG funds must benefit low- and moderate-income persons living in the City of Martinsburg. The City will be preparing its CDBG and HOME applications and it intends to afford residents, local agencies, and interested parties the opportunity to become involved in the planning process. If interested in being added to the CDBG and HOME application mailing list, contact Ms. Nancy Strine, Community Development Administrator, City of Martinsburg at (304) 264-2131 Ext. 278.

The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG program: acquisition of property; disposition costs; improvements to public facilities (including the removal of architectural barriers); demolition and environmental clean-up; public services that are new or a quantifiable increase in the level of service; interim assistance; relocation payments for persons displaced as a result of a CDBG activity; rehabilitation of houses; code enforcement; special economic development activities; special activities undertaken by a community based development organization; home ownership assistance for purchase; planning; environmental reviews; program administration; audit; and other miscellaneous activities.

If the City would undertake an activity that would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City would utilize its policy for minimizing such displacement. Furthermore, the City is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of the expenditure of CDBG funds.

The Analysis of Impediments will focus on the status and interaction of six (6) fundamental conditions within the community:

  • The sale or rental of dwellings (public or private);
  • The provision of housing brokerage services;
  • The provision of financial assistance for dwellings;
  • Public policies and actions affecting the approval of sites and other building requirements used in the approval process for the construction of publicly assisted housing;
  • The administrative policies concerning community development and housing activities, which affect opportunities of minority households to select housing inside or outside areas of minority concentration; and
  • Where there is a determination of unlawful segregation or other housing discrimination by a court or a finding of noncompliance by HUD regarding assisted housing in a recipient’s jurisdiction, an analysis of the actions which could be taken by a recipient to remedy the discriminatory condition, including actions involving the expenditure of funds made available under 24 CFR Part 570.
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Compliance with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) as amended.

All interested residents are encouraged to attend this public hearing and they will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the needs of the City of Martinsburg and the use of CDBG and HOME funds to address those needs over the next five (5) years. Written or oral comments may be directed to Ms. Nancy Strine, Community Development Administrator, City of Martinsburg, 232 North Queen Street, 2nd Floor, Martinsburg, WV 25401 or via phone at (304) 264-2131 Ext. 278.

George Karos, Mayor

City of Martinsburg, WV