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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The City of Springfield's Draft FY 2024-2025 Annual Action Plan funding recommendations are available for public review and comment until 5 p.m. April 3. Paper copies of the funding recommendations may be obtained at any of the branches of the Springfield-Greene County Library located within the city limits of Springfield or via the City's website. Written comments may be sent to [email protected].

It is estimated that approximately $1.6 million will be available in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and approximately $1.2 million in Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding in fiscal year 2024. These are estimated funding amounts, since the City has not yet obtained its annual allocation amounts from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). All CDBG funded activities will be conducted in compliance with the provisions of 24 CFR Part 570. All HOME funded activities will be conducted in compliance with the provisions of 24 CFR Part 92.

The following activities have been identified and selected for CDBG and HOME funding for FY 2024-2025 through a collaborative effort which has resulted in projects designed to meet City Council's priorities and objectives and identified community needs.  All the programs and activities enumerated below will constitute an expenditure of funds for which a minimum of 70% will be used for projects which principally benefit low- and moderate-income people. Annual Action Plan projects are proposed for funding as follows:

Affordable Housing

Housing activities will principally serve low- and moderate-income families in the targeted area. The targeted area boundaries include an area that is generally bounded by West By-Pass, Glenstone, and Interstate 44 and south to Grand Street plus Census Tract 4. HOME activities will include rental housing new construction and rehabilitation, and down-payment assistance loans. Approximately 15% of HOME funds will be used for special nonprofit (CHDO) activities for rental housing rehabilitation or new construction.  A CDBG-funded homeowner rehabilitation, weatherization and emergency home repair program will be conducted in the target area by four (4) local non-profit organizations.

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Economic Vitality

A commercial loan program and a business incentive loan program will be continued within the corporate limits of the City of Springfield by the City's Economic Vitality Department.

Public Services

Public service funding is proposed to be provided to the following IRS Code 501 (c) (3) designated nonprofit corporations serving Springfield:
  • Good Samaritan Boys Ranch Transitional Living Program for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care program will utilize funds allowing foster care youth to transition from group homes scattered site apartments.
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri's LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home program will fund a 24/7 residential program for homeless, pregnant women and infants/children.
  • The Betty & Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center's Mental Healthcare for Low Income Springfieldians program will provide professional counseling treatment for low-income Springfield residents who would not otherwise be able to afford to get help for their mental health issues.
  • Harmony House Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter project will utilize funds to provide three meals a day to individuals and families fleeing domestic violence.
  • The Child Advocacy Center's Forensic Interviewer program will fund forensic interviews of children within the CDBG catchment area.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks' Safe to Sleep program will provide overnight shelter and case management for homeless women in need.
  • Isabel's House, Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks Family Advocacy program will provide immediate refuge to children ages birth to 12 whose families are in crisis, while also referring the parents to appropriate resources for assistance.
  • The Kitchen Inc.'s Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center will engage with and help youth who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness.
  • Ozarks Food Harvest's Weekend Backpack Program will provide at-risk children within two Springfield Public Schools elementary schools with nutritious weekend meals.
  • The Salvation Army's Emergency Social Services program will provide emergency assistance to individuals and families who need rent or mortgage assistance.  
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield's BGCS Academic Support Program will provide youth ages 5-12 with academic support for reading, math, and English/Language Arts, via a partnership with Springfield Public Schools.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Springfield, MO Inc.'s Say Yes to the Address program will help sheltered citizens move to a sustainable home by becoming a renter by providing rental application fees and utility deposits.
  • KVC Behavioral Healthcare Missouri Inc.'s Empowering Youth program will help serve children and youth with issues pertaining to homelessness, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, poverty, abandonment, and substance abuse.

Administration and Planning

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Reasonable costs for general oversight, coordination, and management of the CDBG Program will be provided. A policy planning and management capacity will be maintained in part with CDBG funding with an emphasis on neighborhood conservation and economic development.

Anti-displacement: None of the above described activities are designed or anticipated to create involuntary residential displacement of persons or households. However, the City of Springfield has a plan for avoiding displacement and for the establishment of benefits to persons displaced by the programs, on file and available for public inspection at the Planning and Development Department.

First reading and vote by City Council

City Council will hold a first reading and public hearing on the FY 2024-2025 Annual Action Plan at 6:30 p.m., April 22 at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield Road, with a second reading and vote May 6.

Citizens wishing to speak at the April 22 City Council public hearing are required to sign up with the City Clerk prior to the reading of the Council bill pertaining to the FY 2024-2025 Annual Action Plan.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, if you need special accommodations when attending a CACCD meeting, please notify the Planning & Development Department at 417-864-1037 as soon as possible to ensure our ability to accommodate your needs. In accordance with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) guidelines, language assistance is also available.

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For more information, please contact Melissa Haase at 417-536-7648 or
[email protected].

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