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Notice Of Public Hearing And 30 Day Public Comment Period For The Draft 2021 Annual Action Plan Susbstantial Amendment

The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) and the Department of Finance and Administration, Local Government Division (DFA) are seeking public comment on the DRAFT Amendment to State of New Mexico 2021 Annual Action Plan. The public comment period will begin on September 29, 2021 and end on October 29, 2021. A hybrid of in person and virtual public hearing will be held on October 27, 2021 at 9 a.m. at MFA.

The 2021 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment is proposed to: 1) Remove a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and methods of distribution for Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP); 2) Propose revised purchase price home limits for HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program for Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos counties; and 3) Enhance activities for Rental Assistance Program (RAP) within Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) to include landlord incentives, training, vaccine incentives, hazard pay, volunteer incentives, and legal services into methods of distribution.

The 2021 Annual Action Plan is the second annual implementation plan under the State of New Mexico 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. The Consolidated Plan is a five-year strategic plan that governs the administration of federal funding appropriated for housing and community development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons throughout the State of New Mexico. Such federal funding includes the following programs: HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF).

The draft substantial amendment to the 2021 Annual Action Plan will be available September 29, 2021 on MFA’s website at:

https://housingnm.org/resources/plans-and-reports/nm-annual-action-plan

and on DFA’s website at:

http://www.nmdfa.state.nm.us/Local_Government.aspx.

If you are unable to download the draft amended Action Plan, please contact MFA to request a copy (505-843-6880 or toll free 1-800-444-6880). Additionally, the documents can be provided in alternative formats (i.e., Braille/large print, audio tape) for the disabled and may also be translated into Spanish for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Spanish speaking persons, upon request.

Citizens, interested agencies, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations may attend an in person public hearing on October 20, 2021 at 9 a.m. or a virtual public hearing on October 29, 2021 at 9 a.m. via webcast at housing-nm.webex.com/housing-nm/j.php?MTID=m96a327ce1cfed2b8fdc987e5656156bc to provide comments.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service, please contact Sherry Stephens by phone: (505) 767-2250 or toll free 1-800-444-6880; fax: (505) 243-3289; e-mail: sstephens@housingnm.org TTY: 1-800-659-8331 for English and 1-800-327-1857 for Spanish; or mail: New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, 344 Fourth St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

Accommodations can be made within 48 hours’ notice for non-English speaking participants and individuals with disabilities by calling 505-843-6880.

Citizens, interested agencies, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations may provide comments at any time during the public comment period, which will begin on September 29, 2021 and end at 11:59 p.m. MDT, October 29, 2021. Written comments and/or questions may be directed to Sherry Stephens by phone: (505) 767-2250 or toll free 1-800-444-6880; fax: (505) 243-3289; e-mail: sstephens@housingnm.org; or mail: New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, 344 Fourth St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. After receipt of public comments, MFA staff will prepare a summary of all comments received in writing and, in cases where any citizens' views are not accepted, provide reasons for the decision. This documentation will be attached to the substantial amendment for 2021 Action Plan that will be submitted to HUD.

The final amended plan approved by HUD will be available on MFA’s website at and at DFA’s website at https://housingnm.org/resources/plans-and-reports/nm-annual-action-plan and http://www.nmdfa.state.nm.us/Local_Government.aspx.