San Juan – The Secretary of the Department of Housing, Luis Fernández Trinchet, made on Friday a call to citizens and communities to present their proposals during the last public hearing that the agency will hold before submitting the final plan to the federal government.
According to the secretary, the last public hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 28 at 8:00 at night and will be broadcast on WIPR TV -channels 3 and 6-, radio signal 940AM and on Facebook pages : CDBG-DR Puerto Rico and Notiseis 360, simultaneously.
“We continue to promote a transparent and inclusive process of citizen participation. This multi-million dollar aid, assigned by the federal Department of Housing, is a unique opportunity that will help us in the planning and construction of a resilient Puerto Rico and better prepared for future events. It is essential to know the particular needs of each community to be able to mitigate its risks and that is where the importance of the public hearings that we began on September 16 lies, ”Fernández Trinchet said in written communication.
As part of the citizen participation process of the CDBG-MIT funds action plan, the official also encouraged interested persons to record and send a three-minute video summarizing a presentation that they wish to present as part of the development of the action plan.
These videos will be shown live during the transmission of the last public view on October 28.
The video presentations should be sent to the mitigation email: [email protected] before Monday, October 26, along with the written presentation.
The Department of Housing posted the draft Mitigation Action Plan on the CDBG-MIT website for public comment.
Citizens will have 45 days to present their comments, a term that ends on November 5.
Housing must submit the final action plan to the federal Department of Housing (HUD) on or before December 3, 2020 for final evaluation.
It is expected to be approved in the spring of 2021 and to guide funding for the next 12 years.
HUD defines mitigation as activity that increases resilience to disasters and reduces or eliminates the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage, loss of property, supplies, and hardship, by reducing the impact of future disasters.
Meanwhile, the undersecretary of the CDBG program Dr. Maretzie Díaz, indicated that “our interest is to receive the greatest possible input from the public and from all interested parties. Given that the traditional public hearings process could not be carried out due to the COVID-19 situation, these hearings were held with a participation plan that includes all sectors of the Island, offering different forms and platforms of participation, language signs and subtitles in English ”.
Díaz added that “Puerto Rico has made history with this simultaneous broadcast, including a citizen participation plan that we were able to develop and implement during the hearings, enabling the participation of all sectors during the broadcasts, including emails, text messages, call center or internet. . No other jurisdiction had broadcast public hearings in this way to be able to receive and respond to citizens’ concerns. We are very satisfied with the work done and with the response of the people ”.
For additional information, interested parties can contact 1 (833) 234-CDBG (2324) or write an email to [email protected]