The City of Battle Creek’s Community Development Division supports neighborhoods by administering federal programs and coordinating planning efforts. It administers the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership formula grant programs. It also coordinates, in partnership with other local agencies, federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) competitive grant funds.
2021 Annual Action Plan Available for Review and Public Comment
A formal thirty (30) calendar day comment period on the draft 2021 Annual Action Plan, including the proposed use of funds, will commence on April 2, 2021 and conclude on May 3, 2021.
As part of the City of Battle Creek’s Citizen Participation process, the City will hold a formal public hearing on the draft 2021 Annual Action Plan including the Proposed Use of Funds on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. during the City Commission Meeting.
Under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended and the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, the City of Battle Creek is required to prepare a plan that describes how the City will allocate Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funds to meet the needs of low and moderate income persons of Battle Creek.
To that end, an Annual Action Plan is completed annually to describe the activities that will be undertaken to address the needs identified in the current 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The Annual Action Plan also serves as an application for Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funds.
The City of Battle Creek has prepared a draft 2021 Annual Action Plan. The Annual Action Plan describes the activities that will take place during the 2021-22 Program Year (July-June). The draft Annual Action Plan will be made available to the public on Friday, April 2, 2021.
The public hearing will take place electronically through Zoom, which is Enterprise Video Conferencing, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, current rates of infection in Calhoun County, gathering limitations in Emergency Orders issued under the Public Health Code, and the determination that the personal health of members of the public or the public body would be at risk if the meeting were held in person, as permitted by the Open Meetings Act (OMA) based upon the October 15, 2020 Extension of the Declaration of Local Emergency by Calhoun County Board of Commissioners.
Members of the public may participate in the meeting by calling in to the Zoom meeting at the following telephone number: 312-626-6799. The caller will be prompted to enter the meeting ID number: 974 4116 1532
The caller will be placed into a virtual “waiting room” until it is their time to speak during public comment.
Members of the public may watch the entirety of the city commission meeting live by one of three methods: Either Facebook Live or through AccessVision on cable or online. To watch:
Visit AccessVision: http://accessvision.tv/live-17, or click the Live 17 tab at the top of AccessVision’s home page.
Watch AccessVision on Comcast 17/917 or AT&T 99 on cable TV.
Watch on the City’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CerealCityMichigan
Members of the public may also email a public comment, which is compliant with the rules of public comment to be read at the meeting to City Clerk Victoria Houser firstname.lastname@example.org; or by writing the question or comment on paper, placing it in an envelope addressed to the Battle Creek City Commission by 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 into the blue freestanding Drop Box located in the drive-up lane to the Northeast of City’s Hall’s main entrance. The question or comment, if compliant with the City Commission meeting rules set out in Battle Creek Ordinance, 212.02(XVII), will be read aloud at the meeting during public comment.
Consolidated PlanEvery 5 years, the City of Battle Creek is required to create a Consolidated Plan that describes how the city will allocate Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funds to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income persons in Battle Creek. The 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan is attached.
Annual Action Plan
Each program year, the City of Battle Creek reports to HUD how it plans to spend Federal Community Development funding in its Annual Action Plan. The 2020-21 Annual Action Plan is contained in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan.
Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
After the end of each program year (June 30th), the City of Battle Creek is required to report the accomplishments of the CDBG and HOME programs to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in a document called the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER).
The 2019-2020 DRAFT CAPER is available for public comment for 15 days from Monday, December 7, 2020 to Monday, December 22, 2020. A formal public hearing to receive comments on the draft will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM remotely from City Hall in the City Commission Chambers, Room 301, 10 N. Division Street, Battle Creek, MI.- 2019-2020 Draft CAPER
Housing Rehab Programs
Community Development administers a CDBG-funded Minor Home Repair Program and a HOME-funded homeowner rehab program. HOME funding also rehabs vacant houses through partnerships with local non-profit agencies.