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INTERURBAN TROLLEY SERVICE WILL WAIVE FARES AND IMPLEMENT REAR DOOR BOARDING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020

Beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Interurban Trolley will waive all fares on both its fixed route and Interurban Trolley Access service in an effort to maintain social distancing until further notice. In addition, we will also implement rear door boarding measures on all of our fixed route... more

CITY OF GOSHEN COUNCIL MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020

On Thursday at 4:49 p.m. Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman was notified that Councilman Jim McKee tested positive for COVID-19. As soon as the City was notified, the Mayor and staff began personally contacting every council and board member, as well as staff who would have recently attended public... more

A LETTER FROM ELKHART COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS

Friday, March 27, 2020

The following is a letter from Mayors and Commissioners of Elkhart County to the community. It was published March 26, 2020. Dear Community of Elkhart County, The last two weeks, since the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, Elkhart County and the rest... more

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Monday, March 30, 2020, 2:00pm

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Friday, April 3, 2020

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Monday, April 6, 2020, 2:00pm

Community Development Block Grant

The City of Goshen's CDBG Five-Year Consolidated Plan 2020-24 and Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2020 have been prepared and are available for public review and comment beginning April 2, 2020. The plans may be reviewed by clicking the link above. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, City of Goshen offices are closed to the public, so a hard copy of the plan is not available for review.

Proposed 2020 Action Plan
For program year 2020 the City of Goshen expects to receive an allocation of $272,864 in CDBG funds, and will use an estimated $45,000 of Program Income, and $279,165 of prior year resources, for an estimated total budget of $597,029.

The proposed use of CDBG funds for program year 2020 is as follows:

  1. Public Service Grants - Provision of services to low and moderate income households and persons City-wide             $49,000
  2. Owner-occupied Rehabilitation of homes occupied by low and moderate income households through loans, grants and deferred payment loans City-wide                                                                                                                                                              $116,029
  3. Multi-family Housing Rehabilitation for two projects to create and preserve affordable housing                                 $372,000
  4. Planning, general administration, environmental reviews, and audit                          $60,000

    Total                                                                                                                                                                                  $597,029

Comments may be submitted to Rhonda Yoder, Goshen City Planning, 204 E. Jefferson, Suite 4, Goshen, IN 46528; 574-537-3815, rhondayoder@goshencity.com on or before 30 days after April 2, 2020, and no later than May 1, 2020. A summary of comments and responses will be submitted to HUD.

The City will hold a public hearing on the proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan 2020-24 & 2020 Annual Plan on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 7:00 PM during the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers, at the Goshen Police and Courts Building, 111 E. Jefferson Street, Goshen. The Goshen Police and Courts Building is handicapped accessible. Non-English speaking persons and others needing special assistance to participate in the hearing process should contact the City as soon as possible.

The public hearing will include a review of the proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan 2020-24 & 2020 Annual Plan, a review of the current 2019 program year, and opportunity for citizen comment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Planning Department manages Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds received by the City of Goshen from the federal government.

Funds are provided to help limited income homeowners maintain their properties, for infrastructure reconstruction, and for grants to public service agencies.

Each Annual Action Plan is prepared following the priority needs and specific objectives for community and neighborhood development in the City of Goshen for the CDBG Five-year Consolidated Plan (2015-2019):

1) Housing Opportunities

  • Improve owner-occupied housing through rehab
  • Increase quality of rental housing
  • Increase transitional housing options
  • Increase availability of accessible housing
  • Reduce housing cost burden through higher wage job opportunities and job training
  • Provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless
  • Support affordable housing development
  • Increase housing options and assistance for persons with special needs, including veterans
  • Provide emergency shelter for homeless individuals and families
  • Expand housing options for the elderly
  • Maintain and expand Housing Choice voucher program
  • Support residential energy efficiency improvements

2) Access to Services

  • Increase access to affordable healthcare
  • Increase services for mentally ill
  • Support programs for youth
  • Increase access to affordable childcare and early childhood education
  • Support services for elderly and the disabled
  • Support public transportation
  • Provide emergency shelter for homeless individuals and families
  • Provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless
  • Support homelessness prevention through outreach and assistance
  • Support counseling/advocacy for underserved populations
  • Increase access to substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Support life skill development, including job training, home maintenance, financial management, literacy
  • Support nutrition programs and food assistance

3) Neighborhood Revitalization

  • Improve owner-occupied housing through rehab
  • Remove blighted residential properties
  • Address issue of vacant/foreclosed houses
  • Increase quality of rental housing
  • Support public infrastructure projects
  • Repair/replace existing sidewalks
  • Support brownfield redevelopment
  • Support technology improvements
  • Support neighborhood parks

For any questions regarding the CDBG program, please contact Rhonda Yoder in the Planning Department at:

Mailing Address:
204 E. Jefferson St., Suite 4
Goshen, IN 46528

Phone: 574-537-3815

Email: rhondayoder@goshencity.com