Monday, August 18, 2008

CDBG Annual Allocation Committee

The City of Portland receives approximately $2.1 million from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) each year. The three primary objectives of the CDBG program are 1) activities that benefit low to moderate income persons, 2) activities to prevent or eliminate slum or blighted areas, or 3) activities meeting an urgent community development need.

The City of Portland is looking for a diverse group of fair minded and analytical individuals to serve on the Annual Allocation Committee. The Committee will be expected to thoroughly review and score each funding application based upon identified priorities and agreed upon scoring criteria. As a result of deliberation and scoring, the committee will make recommendations for resource allocations to the City Manager and to the City Council, both in writing and in person at a scheduled Council Meeting. This committee replaces the traditional role of the City Manager's Policy Advisory Committee (CMPAC).

The CDBG program has traditionally funded public infrastructure improvements to city parks, sidewalks, and sewers, housing rehabilitation or home-buying programs, energy efficiency programs, building inspections, historic preservation, planning, economic development, rehabilitation of buildings for non-profit organizations, and social services programs.

You are probably familiar with some of the projects and programs that have been funded with CDBG in the City of Portland, including: Deering Oaks... Eastern & Western Promenade ... playgrounds at Reiche and East End Community School ... Portland Observatory ... Maine Irish Heritage Center and St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center ... soup kitchens ... shelters ... youth programs ... day care providers ... elder programs ... neighborhood services, plus many more.

The Committee will be established in the Fall of 2008 and begin reviewing applications in January 2009. Recommendations will go to the City Manager at the end of February and be presented to the City Council in March 2009.

There are seven positions available, members will be appointed to one to three year terms.

Additional information is available in the City Clerk's office, on the City's website at or at 874-8677. Deadline for submissions August 29, 2008. Please send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o Linda C. Cohen, City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or Applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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For more information about the CDBG Program go to:

For more information about the CDBG Priority Task Force go to:

For more information about the HCD Task Force go to:

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

I apologize if you receive this more than once.

Amy Grommes Pulaski
Housing & Community Development Program Manager
389 Congress St. Rm 312
Portland, ME 04101
207.874.8731 phone
207.874-8949 fax

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