Marietta accepts public feedback on changes to its Community Development Block Grant


The Town of Marietta is proposing an amendment to the annual action plan required for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Before it comes into effect, the city will collect public comments and hold a hearing.

The HUD Exchange describes CDBG as follows:

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual formula-based grants to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and living environments, and expanding opportunities economic, mainly for low- and middle-income households. – income earners.

Recipients of these federal grants are required to prepare an annual action plan.

In this year’s plan, PY2022, the city proposes to transfer funds as shown in the table below.

In each of the proposed changes, funds are transferred from another part of the block grant to the Provision of Housing Rehabilitation Services.

There will be a public comment period starting August 15 and ending September 15. A public hearing will be held on September 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Development Office. 268 Lawrence Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060.

Here is the full public notice of the proposal, reprinted from the Town of Marietta website:

The City of Marietta announces a proposed substantial amendment to its annual CDBG action plan. The proposed change to the PY2022 Annual Action Plan includes the following reassignments:

Reassigned from: Rising: Reallocated to:
Administration and planning for the year 2021 $219.64 Provision of Housing Rehabilitation Services PY2022
Help with home ownership PY2020 $20,000.00 Provision of Housing Rehabilitation Services PY2022
Utilities of the Year 2019 $0.85 Provision of Housing Rehabilitation Services PY2022
PY2019 Home Ownership Assistance $29,250.00 Provision of Housing Rehabilitation Services PY2022
PY2019 Public Works and Equipment $0.45 Provision of Housing Rehabilitation Services PY2022
PY2018 Help with home ownership $25,000.00 Provision of Housing Rehabilitation Services PY2022

A total of $74,470.94 will be reallocated to provide PY22 housing rehabilitation services.

This amendment is classified as substantial and warrants a public comment period of at least 30 days. The public comment period begins on August 15 and ends on September 15. An in-person public hearing will be held on September 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Development Office. 268 Lawrence St., Marietta, GA 30060. All comments may be submitted by mail, email or phone. Please direct all comments/inquiries to: Kelsey Thompson-White. 268 Lawrence St., Suite 200, Marietta, Georgia 30060; Phone: 770-794-5437 or email: [email protected] All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2022.

The City of Marietta supports equal opportunity and fair housing and does not discriminate in any of its block grant programs based on race, color, creed, ethnicity, gender, family situation, age, religion or disability. No displacement will occur due to the activities described here. In the event of relocation, the City of Marietta will implement the arrangements required by CFR 570.606. The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access, treatment or employment of the programs and activities described herein. An interpreter is available on request to assist those with limited English proficiency. Any request for reasonable accommodation required by an individual to fully participate in open meetings, programs or activities of the City’s Community Development Division should be directed to: Kelsey Thompson-White, Community Development Manager, 268 Lawrence Street, Suite 200 Marietta, GA 30060.

About the Town of Marietta

The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the city’s population at 60,867, making it the largest city in Cobb County by population.

However, the city is in a neck and neck race with fast-growing Smyrna, whose population was last estimated at 56,666.

Here are some fast facts from the Census Bureau

City of Marietta, Georgia
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 60972
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 56579
age and sex
People under 5, percentage 6.7%
People under 18, percentage 21.8%
People aged 65 and over, percentage 13.2%
Women, percentage 49.9%
Race and Hispanic origin
White alone, percentage 53.4%
Black or African American alone, percentage(a) 32.3%
American Indians and Alaska Natives alone, percentage(a) 0.6%
Asian alone, percentage(a) 1.9%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders alone, percentage (a) 0.0%
Two or more runs, percentage 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percentage(b) 15.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percentage 46.4%
Population characteristics
Veterans, 2016-2020 2678
People born abroad, in percentage, 2016-2020 16.6%
Rate of owner-occupied housing, 2016-2020 44.0%
Median value of owner-occupied dwellings, 2016-2020 $310,100
Selected median monthly costs for the owner – with a mortgage, 2016-2020 $1,856
Selected Median Monthly Homeowner Costs – Without Mortgage, 2016-2020 $526
Median gross rent, 2016-2020 $1,145
Families and living conditions
Households, 2016-2020 24148
Persons per household, 2016-2020 2.39
Living in the same house 1 year ago, percentage aged 1 year and over, 2016-2020 77.9%
Language other than English spoken at home, percentage aged 5+, 2016-2020 23.7%
Computer and Internet use
Households with a computer, in percentage, 2016-2020 95.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, in percentage, 2016-2020 86.6%
High school diploma or higher, percentage of people aged 25 and over, 2016-2020 88.6%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percentage of people aged 25 and over, 2016-2020 44.0%
With a disability, under 65, percentage, 2016-2020 6.3%
People without health insurance, aged under 65, in percentage 20.2%
In the civilian labor force, total, percentage of population aged 16 and over, 2016-2020 67.2%
In the civilian labor force, women, percentage of the population aged 16 and over, 2016-2020 61.2%
Total sales of accommodation and food services, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 264544
Health care and social assistance receipts/total income, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 1584232
Total manufacturer shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 1129407
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 1976915
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $33,875
Average travel time to get to work (minutes), workers aged 16 and over, 2016-2020 28.5
Income and poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020 $59,594
Income per capita in the last 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020 $36,112
People living in poverty, percentage 14.1%
All companies, 2012 10501
Businesses owned by men, 2012 4934
Businesses owned by women, 2012 4186
Minority-owned businesses, 2012 4286
Businesses owned by non-minorities, 2012 5502
Veteran-Owned Businesses, 2012 1015
Businesses owned by non-veterans, 2012 8663
Population per square mile, 2010 2451.4
Land area in square miles, 2010 23.08

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