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.
Public Comment Periods and Public Hearings
CITY OF BATTLE CREEK
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
AND 15 DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
REGARDING Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
Under 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 complete a performance report detailing the progress of the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs. This report, called the CAPER, must be available for public comment for at least 15 days.
A copy of the CAPER will be available from Wednesday, September 8, 2021, through Thursday, September 23, 2021, online at www.battlecreekmi.gov/183.
The Battle Creek City Commission will hold a public hearing during an Electronic Regular Meeting through Zoom, which is Enterprise Video Conferencing, beginning at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, for the purposes of hearing public comment on the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). The meeting will take place electronically because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the recently elevated level of disease transmission to substantial and lagging vaccination rates in Calhoun County, the CDC recommendations regarding indoor gatherings, and as a measure implemented to prevent employee and elected officials exposure to COVID-19 as generally required in the Michigan workplace safety (MiOSHA) Rules, 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 . At least one City staff member, classified as a critical infrastructure worker, may be physically present in City Hall to facilitate the electronic meeting, while City Commissioners, other staff, and members of the public will participate remotely by Zoom. The building will remain closed to the public during the time of the meeting.
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: 896 1360 5112.
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 to Community Development Manager Chris Lussier email@example.com; or by writing the question or comment on paper, placing it in an envelope addressed to the Battle Creek Community Development by 12:00 pm (noon) on Thursday, September 23, 2021 into the blue freestanding Drop Box located in the drive-up lane to the NE of City’s Hall’s main entrance.
The City of Battle Creek will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as closed captioning for the hearing impaired and audiotapes of printed materials being considered in the meeting upon notice to the City of Battle Creek. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the City of Battle Creek by writing or calling the following:
Battle Creek City Clerk
Battle Creek, MI 49016
(269) 966-3378 (Voice)
(269) 966-3348 (TDD)
Questions concerning this matter may be directed to the City Manager's office at 966-3378.
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.