CITY OF BESSEMER, ALABAMA
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The city of Bessemer’s Street and Sanitation Department is announcing potential delays in garbage collection on Thursday, July 8, 2021.
Residential garbage service may be delayed for several hours for households whose normal pickup day is on the Monday/Thursday schedule. However, Street and Sanitation officials are anticipating servicing all Thursday residential garbage households by the end of the day Thursday.
Communities and neighborhoods which may be impacted by a delay in service include: Broadmoor, Northside, Braswell Homes, Old Jonesboro, Smith Highland, Hopewell, Raimund, Parkside, Southwood Parc, Willowbrook, Woodhill Cove, Cobb Garden, and Dewanna Lane. 

If you have any further concerns about garbage collection, please feel free to contact the city of Bessemer’s Public Improvements Department at 205-424-4084
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Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Uncategorized
The city of Bessemer’s Annual Independence Day Celebration will return in 2021!
The celebration will take place on Saturday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bessemer City High School campus, 4950 Premiere Parkway, Bessemer, AL.
The event will include music, giveaways and a fireworks show which will start at approximately 8:45 p.m.  Pyro Shows of Alabama will provide the fireworks display.
The event is being sponsored by the City of Bessemer in partnership with the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce. A special thanks to the Bessemer Board of Education for use of the school campus.
See the flyer below for more information.

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COVID-19, Featured, Uncategorized
The city of Bessemer and the Birmingham Urban League are partnering to provide emergency rental and utility assistance to Bessemer residents impacted by COVID-19.
The project is being sponsored with funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) special CARES Act allocation provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the city.
Eligible households are able to receive up to $4500 for up to three months in emergency assistance under the program. Households must demonstrate that they have been impacted by COVID-19 through loss of employment or a reduction in income, among other eligibility requirements.
The program will be administered as long as funds are available. For more information, contact the Birmingham Urban League at 205-326-0162 or by visiting its website at https://birminghamul.org/. Application packets can also be picked up at Bessemer City Hall during normal business hours.
For additional information on eligibility, see the flyer below.

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Economic Development
The city of Bessemer Economic and Community Development Department has been notified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of a funding error in the city’s FY21 Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, allocation.
HUD has adjusted the city’s allocation from the initial allocation of $590,045 for FY21 to $598,741 for the grant period.  The city’s FY2021 Action Plan has been adjusted to account for the increase in funding.
The notice from HUD also grants waivers for the public comment period, reducing it from the normal 30 day period to a three-day period, to account for the funding error. The city of Bessemer’s Citizen Participation Plan, Section 5.3, allows for the city to use waivers in the event HUD issues such waivers.
In accordance with the HUD notice and waivers, the city has adjusted the amounts in its FY21 Action Plan to include the additional funding. An additional $5,000 will be allocated to the city’s Down Payment Assistance program and an additional $3,696 will be included in the Public Improvements category.
An outline of the updated 2021 CDBG Action Plan is below. Public comments will be accepted from Tuesday, June  15 to Friday, June 18. All written comments should be sent to Mr. Abraham Ward, Economic and Community Development, City Hall, Bessemer, 1700 Third Avenue North, Bessemer, AL 35020, email to award@bessemeral.org or call 205-424-4060., ext. 4233.
 
 
FY 2021 Action Plan
PROPOSED STATEMENTS OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES AND PROJECTED USE OF FUNDS CITY OF BESSEMER, ALABAMA
As set forth in 24CFR Part 91, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires jurisdictions to incorporate their planning and application requirements into one five year document called the Consolidated Plan.  In turn, an Annual Action Plan must be then prepared for each year of the Consolidated Plan. The following constitutes the FY2021 Action Plan.
The projected use of funds stated herein has been developed so as to give maximum priority to activities that will benefit low-to-moderate income persons, or aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight.  The projected use of funds is consistent with the City’s established strategy of stabilizing the community and reversing negative trends associated with urban decay and blight.
 
 
Community Development Objectives:
 
  1. To encourage neighborhood stability through physical improvements and housing rehabilitation.
  2. To improve economic development by encouraging business development and job creation.
  3. To foster increased production and home ownership for low to moderate income families.
 
2021 CDBG ACTION PLAN BUDGET                                        
USES OF CDBG FUNDS
FROM FY2021:
 ADMINISTRATION                                       $   99,000.00
 PLANNING COST                                         $ 35,000.00
 DELIVERY COSTS                                         $ 86,000.00
LEAD TESTING (HOUING)                        $ 15,045.00            
EMERGENCY GRANTS                               $ 150,000.00
DOWN PAYMENT (HOUSING)                $ 90,000.00 (reflects additional funding)
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT                           $ 103,696.00 (reflects additional funding)
PUBLIC FACILITIES                                     $ 50,000.00
BUS SHELTERS                                           $ 50,000.00
TOTAL   FY2021 CDBG GRANT                 $ 598,741.00 (corrected allocation)                           
 PROGRAM INCOME (Projection)        $   80,000.00
TOTAL FUNDS FOR FY21                         $ 678,741.00
PROJECTED USE OF
FY2021 PROGRAM INCOME:
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION                    (20% of Program Income)
Housing Revolving Fund:                             $12,000.00 (20% of Housing Program Income)   
Economic Development
Revolving Fund:                                             $ 4,000.00 (20% of Housing Program Income)
 
 
              
PROJECTED PROGRAM INCOME RECEIPTS
HOUSING PROGRAMS
Projected Housing Revolving Loan
Program Income:                                          $ 60,000.00        
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LOAN PROGRAM
Projected Economic Development
RL Program Income:                                     $ 20,000.00        
TOTAL PROJECTED
Program Income                                            $ 80,000.00                                                     
The City of Bessemer will submit a “Final Statement of Community Development Objectives and Projected Use of Funds” to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or before April 23rd, 2021.
CITIZEN COMMENTS PERIOD:
The City of Bessemer, office of Economic and Community Development, welcomes all Public Comments on the above Action Plan, which will be advertised for a period of 3 days beginning on June 14 and ending June 15, 2021.
All written comments should be sent to Abraham Ward, Economic and Community Development, City Hall, Bessemer, 1700 3rd Avenue North, Bessemer, AL  35020. Email to award@bessemeral.org or call 205.424.4060. Ext. 4233
Copies of the Action Plan are available for public inspection, during normal business hours, in the Bessemer Public Library, 400 19th St North Bessemer and in the Office of Economic and Community Development on the 2rd Floor of Bessemer’s City Hall. Office hours are 8:00am to 4:45 pm. However, due to COVID-19 restriction our Action Plan can be viewed on our City Website. www.bessemeral.org
 
 
 
 
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Economic Development, Featured, Uncategorized
Mayor Kenneth Gulley has proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in the city of Bessemer.
 
The local proclamation coincides with the national declaration of April as Fair Housing Month.
 
Each April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, local communities, fair housing advocates, and fair housing organizations across the country commemorate Fair Housing Month by hosting an array of activities that highlight HUD’s fair housing enforcement efforts, enhance Americans’ awareness of their fair housing rights, and emphasize the importance of ending housing discrimination.
 
The city’s Economic and Community Development Department and Mayor’s Office will serve as co-sponsors of the United Way of Central Alabama’s virtual Fair Housing workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021, from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Landlords and tenants in Bessemer are urged to attend the event.
Information on the event is below: 

Fair Housing: Know Your Rights!
Presented by United Way Housing Alliance in partnership with the City of Bessemer and the Center for Fair Housing
April 15, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Free via Zoom
CLICK HERE to register  or visit https://givepul.se/hgwehz.
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Featured, Upcoming Event
Just one day of your life can change someone else’s forever.
Home fires claim seven lives every day but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. The American Red Cross helps reduce home fire deaths and injuries through Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. This series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events takes place throughout the year.  

Link for registering for virtual preparedness classes: www.redcross.org/AlabamaMississippiPrepare


Sound the Alarm 2021 registration: www.soundthealarm.org/Alabama
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The city of Bessemer’s Economic and Community Development Department is providing assistance to microenterprises/entrepreneurs in the city impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The assistance programs are funded by the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act, or CDBG-CV, allocation provided to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The City of Bessemer Small Business/Micro-enterprise Recovery and Resiliency program will provide technical assistance to eligible microenterprises in Bessemer that have experienced the detrimental impacts of COVID-19 with an aim of preparing, preventing and responding to the pandemic. Qualified owners will take part in a 10-week business consulting/mentoring program aimed at helping to stabilize their businesses for sustainability in a COVID-19/post COVID-19 environment.

Microenterprises, defined as businesses with five or fewer employees, who complete the program will be eligible to receive grants of up to $5,000. Grant assistance can be used to provide capital to meet commercial lease or utility payment requirements or to purchase supplies and equipment needed to operate in a COVID-19 environment. To be eligible, microenterprises must have had a current business license with the city on March 17, 2020 and must document how their business has been impacted by the pandemic. 

The program is being conducted in collaboration with Create Birmingham. An estimated 18 to 20 micro-enterprises will be assisted through the program, which will be administered in two separate cohorts.
For more information, contact Mr. Abraham Ward in the Community Development Department or Mr. Toraine Norris in the Mayor’s Office at 205-424-4060. 

A virtual town hall is scheduled for Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://createbirmingham.org/bessemer. A second town hall is being planned and will be announced soon. 

Note: Microenterprises which have received other forms of federal assistance, such as Payment Protection Program funds, may not be eligible to participate in this program.

UPDATE #1 –  A second virtual town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register for the event.






 
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