CDBG-Mitigation Critical Facility Hardening Program Public Notice Requirement Deadline

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Due to the current public health crisis, several applicants are encountering issues meeting the public notice requirements for the Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program.  In order to ensure that the citizens of Florida are properly informed of potential projects, DEO is extending the deadline for the public notice requirement only – all other parts of the application must be submitted by the original deadline.  THE CFHP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 30, 2020.  Applicants who have not yet posted their public notice are expected to post the notice immediately and submit proof to DEO at the conclusion of the fourteen-day comment period via Qualtrics.  The new deadline for public notice submission to DEO is July 15, 2020.

 

As a reminder those requirements are as follows:

Public Notice Requirement
After receiving guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) relevant to the impacts of COVID-19, DEO is amending the Critical Facility Hardening Program public meeting requirements as follows: Applicants must receive public input on their application by abiding by one or both of these new notice formats:

1.   Post information about the project online: Post the information about your project to your public website and allow for a 14-day public comment period. State the type(s) of project(s) to be undertaken, the source, the amount of funding available for the activities, the date by which comments must be made, and a contact person for a copy of the proposed application. Please submit a copy of the post and any public comments to DEO by following the instructions provided here.
2.   Host a virtual public meeting: Applicants should supply the same documentation that would normally be required to demonstrate that a meeting was held, including minutes and a public meeting notice. The notice should be posted in a newspaper of general circulation and to your official website. State the type(s) of project(s) to be undertaken, the source, the amount of funding available for the activities, the date by which comments must be made, and a contact person for a copy of the proposed application. Applicants must provide for a 10-day comment period, which must be published prior to the submission of the application.
Evidence of a public meeting with city, county and tribal governments must also meet the following requirements:

Documentation of newspaper advertisement
Notice of the public meeting must be provided at least five days prior to the meeting.
Documentation of a meeting must include sign-in sheets and minutes.
For both options, documentation that the needs of non-English speaking citizens have been met wherever a significant number of non-English speaking citizens might be reasonably expected to participate must be provided. In this case, documentation will need to be translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Prior to submitting an application for CDBG-MIT funding, applicants are required to select their public notice format (choice #1 and/or #2 above), complete the survey provided here and upload the required documents.
In addition to following link instructions please include relevant notice dates on your Implementation Plan template (found in application).

Applications will not be complete until Public Notice requirements are fulfilled. The CFHP application is still due on June 30, 2020. All Public Notice evidence must be submitted to DEO by July 15, 2020.