Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for CGF, CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA Funds

The City of Richmond is beginning preparation of the fiscal year 2019 City General Funds (CGF) Non-Departmental budget and fiscal year 2018-19 Annual Action Plan for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds. The Federal funds are entitlement dollars allocated to the City through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for neighborhood development and supportive services. All federal fund applications must be for projects that will have a direct impact on low and moderate income City residents will be considered, except for HOPWA funds for which the City administers funds for the entire Metropolitan Statistical Area. 

Application packages will be available by November 8, 2017 on the City’s website at http://www.yesrichmondva.com/neighborhood-revitalization/Federally-Funded-Programs  Applications packages will also be available at the Main City Library located at 101 E. Franklin Street. All proposals and applications for federal funds must be received no later than 4 p.m. on December 21, 2017. Federal fund applications must be submitted to the Department of Economic & Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400 Richmond, VA 23219. City General Fund applications must be submitted to Office of Budget and Strategic Planning, City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, Room 1100, Richmond, VA  23219, no later than 4 p.m. on December 15, 2017. Faxes, e-mails and late submissions will not be accepted. 

Housing and Community Development Assistance projects using CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA are HUD funded projects; Section 3 business and/or business that employ Section 3 residents are encouraged to respond.  

The Departments of Economic and Community Development, Budget and Social Services will be holding one public workshop to go over applications and answer any questions applicants may have regarding the CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA programs. The workshops will be held on Monday, November 13th, 2017. The meeting will start at 5:30 PM and will be located at the Franklin Street Library, 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219. For questions about the applications or meetings please call 804-646-5633. 

The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment in, its federally assisted programs or activities. Virginia Relay Center – TDD users dial 711. 

View the FY19 – FY20 City General Fund Request For Funding Checklist and Application

View the FY19 -FY20 City General Fund Request For Funding Application Guidelines

Click here for the document in Spanish.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Upcoming City Council District Meetings

Councilwoman Newbille to hold a meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District
Monday, December 18
6 p.m.
Sarah Garland Jones Center
2600 Nine Mile Rd.

Friday, December 1, 2017

City's Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open December 12 - 14


The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be open December 12 - 14 as temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities (511 W. Grace Street) during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Shelter registration is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  For individuals who are not eligible for existing shelter space or if all available beds have been filled, Commonwealth Catholic Charities will provide a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter opens each evening at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 10 a.m. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

City residents are also advised the Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Support local business during Pulse BRT construction!

The City of Richmond’s Business Community wants to thank you for continuing to support local businesses during the construction of the Pulse BRT! Stay up to date on construction progress at PulseRVA.com


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Public Meeting to Detail Laburnum Avenue Roundabout Project

The design details for the proposed I-195/Laburnum Avenue Roundabout Project will be available at a public information meeting on Thursday, December 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Linwood Holton Elementary School located at 1600 West Laburnum Avenue.

Residents are invited to attend this meeting to learn more details and to meet with project staff members from the city and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Property impact information, relocation assistance policies and the tentative construction schedule will be available for review. 

For more information on other projects, visit www.RichmondGov.com.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

City Rolling Out Upgraded Leaf Collection Program

Click here to watch the video.

Richmond’s annual leaf removal program kicks off Monday, October 2.  Residents will notice some significant service changes made to make the process operate more effectively and efficiently. In prior years the leaf program cost between $1 million and more than $2 million annually. It is estimated the improved program will cost approximately $1.05 million annually.  

Three options for leaf removal will be available

Option 1 | Free Bagged Collection

  • Begins October 2  
  • Up to 10 bags collected on trash day
  • Biodegradable plastic bags preferred
  • Place bags near supercan  
Option 2 | Collection by Sector

  • Sector 1 – Wed. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 1 | all bags Nov. 1 – Nov. 11
  • Sector 2 – Thur. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 16 | all bags collected between Nov. 16 – Nov. 25
  • Sector 3 – Mon. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 27 | all bags collected between Nov. 27 – Dec. 9
  • Sector 4 – Tues. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Dec. 12 | all bags collected between Dec. 12 – Dec. 30
Option 3 | $30 Vacuum Service

  • Begins November 1 and will continue based upon available schedule
  • Rake leaves to front of property line
  • Two ways to request vacuum service
    • Call 646-LEAF
    • Print, fill out form at http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/Leafcollection.aspx and mail to the Department of Public Works
  • A one week window will be provided based upon availability.
On October 2, residents can begin calling the leaf hotline, 646-LEAF, for all matters related to the leaf program, including scheduling vacuum service.  Residents may also send e-mail inquiries to Leafprogram@richmondgov.com. 

For more information on the leaf program, such as where residents can dispose of loose leaves on their own or how elderly or disabled city residents may be able to get assistance raking leaves, visit Richmondgov.com. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

City Announces Volunteer Leaf Collection Initiative

In continued efforts to improve the city’s leaf collection, Mayor Levar M. Stoney has initiated the Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N) Leaf Brigade, a pilot program for volunteers to lend a helping hand to residences needing assistance with bagging their fallen leaves. Click here to watch the video.

“We know many residents are physically unable to bag their leaves,” said Mayor Stoney. “With the help of fellow city employees, friends and volunteers from around Richmond, we are going to put in the work for some of our most vulnerable residents who need leaf collection assistance.”

Eligible residences have been pre-selected from the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Backdoor Services list who also receive assistance with trash and recycling pickups. 101 households will be targeted in the first year of the program.

Residents who are not on the aforementioned DPW list, but would like to be considered for leaf bagging by Leaf Brigade volunteers, are asked to (1) provide N2N with a letter from your physician verifying that your age, disability and/or other health issue prevents you from bagging your leaves, and (2) complete the N2N Leaf Brigade volunteer request form.

Interested volunteers can visit http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/LeafBrigade.aspx to sign up or dial 646-LEAF for assistance with registering.

For more information on the volunteer initiative please contact Paul.Manning@richmongov.com or call 646-6528.