Auburn Mayor Michael Quill announced on Monday the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has restored the city’s Community Development Block Grant funding following a review of Auburn’s non-compliance with the agency’s Timely Expenditure Requirements.
In March, Mayor Quill, Planning and Economic Development Director Jennie Haines and other staff members traveled to Washington DC to meet with HUD officials to review the steps the City took to address HUD’s noncompliance determination.
In a letter to the City, Stanley Gimont, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs stated, “In consideration of these steps and the circumstances beyond the city’s reasonable control, HUD has determined that Auburn qualifies for an exception to the timeliness policy and the City’s Fiscal Year 2018 grant will not be reduced.”
Mayor Quill calls it great news for Auburn and the many projects and programs that these important CDBG funds impact. “I would like to recognize the diligent efforts of our City staff that work on our CDBG program.”
He also thanked Congressman John Katko and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for assisting the city during the review process. “Our Federal delegation worked together because they know how important these federal funds are to our community and we thank them for making sure CDBG remains a priority in the Federal budget.”
Haines thanked HUD officials in Buffalo and Washington for the decision which will allow the City to continue moving forward multiple projects planned to benefit the residents of the City of Auburn now and in the years to come.