The city of Cumberland has requested that agency partners post the following notices regarding Community Development Block Grant funding. AHEC West partners with the city’s CDBG program in support of Health Right dental services provided to low-income residents of Cumberland:

Public Notice of Intent to Reprogram Community Development Block Grant Funds

Amendment #71125019

                City of Cumberland                  

In accordance with federal regulations governing the Consolidated Planning process, the City of Cumberland is notifying the public regarding a proposal to reprogram Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from activities affecting the 2019 Annual Action Plan.  Reprogramming CDBG funds in a timely manner enables the City to comply with HUD “Timeliness” standards and allows the funds to be used on “shovel ready” activities.

The changes proposed for the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan primarily involve deleting funds associated with the AHEC West Denture project and reallocating these funds to the AHEC West Dental Access project.  AHEC West requested to terminate their 2019 AHEC West Denture project (RR19053) originally funded at $7,000. The funds were allocated for grants to qualifying individuals to acquire dentures at no cost.  It was discovered that the denture program is designed to more efficiently provide dentures using alternative funding sources.   AHEC West requested that funds ($7,000) originally allocated for the denture project be transferred to their 2019 AHEC West Dental Access project (RR19019) which was originally funded at $8,000 because program design is more similar to, and more suitable for, efficiently spending Community Development Block grant funds.

As a result of the aforementioned proposed changes to the 2019 Annual Action Plan, the FY 2019 AHEC West Denture project is to be canceled and funding for the AHEC West Dental Access project is to be increased from $8,000 to $15,000. The 2019 application documented need in excess of the original $8,000 grant and great need still exists for emergency dental services for qualifying low-moderate income City of Cumberland residents.

Written comments concerning the proposed amendment may be provided effective Friday, December 20, 2019 through 4 PM Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  Provide written comments to the City of Cumberland, Department of Community Development by mail to 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, Maryland or email at lee.borror@cumberlandmd.gov.  This Amendment to the 2019 Community Development Block Grant Annual Plan will be considered by Mayor and City Council at the regular meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in Council Chambers at City Hall at 6:15 PM.