VIHFA Holds Virtual Public Hearings for Development Block Grant Applications, Sept. 14, 15

The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA), the administering agency for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). VIHFA has scheduled a series of public hearings to present projects selected for funding under the Fiscal Year 2021 CDBG grant allocation.

The virtual public hearings schedule is as follows:

St. Thomas/St. John: Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m.

St. Croix: Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

St. Thomas/St. John District —- St. Croix District

Project Name … Recommended Funding

Public Service:

FRC Counseling Program STT … $20,000

FRC Counseling Program STJ … $20,000

Outreach Services and Support Program STJCF … $40,000

Boys and Girls After-School Program, STT … $20,000


CCVI Shelter (Bethlehem House) Reconstruction …




Total STT/STJ District: $795,707.20

 Project Name … Recommended Funding

Public Service:

Mon Bijou After-school Program, STX … $40,000

Construction STX:

CCVI Light of Christ (Bethlehem House) Renovation … $500,000

New Life Senior Resort Building Renovation … $170,000

Civil Air Patrol Building Acquisition & Rehabilitation … $85,707.20

Total STX District: $795,707.20

Public input is critical to the process, so participants will be able to submit questions relative to the proposals through the on-line chat room while the hearing is in progress. As a result of the number of proposals to be presented, a strict time limit will be enforced for presentations so there is adequate time for the question-and-answer segment.

Pursuant to the HUD-approved Citizen Participation Plan, the U.S. Virgin Islands is required to conduct public hearings at various stages of the consolidated planning process.  The purpose of the hearings advertised herein will be to disseminate information to the public and to obtain feedback and input relative to the selected activities.

This year, in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and the continued practice of social distancing, the public hearings will be conducted using the virtual meeting platform GoToMeeting.

St. Thomas/St. John: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14. Webinar link:

Telephone audio information — Toll-free: (866) 952-8437 or Toll: (914)-614-3426

Webinar ID: 251-503-595

Access Code: 331-886-631

St. Croix: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15

Webinar link:

Telephone audio information — Toll-free: (866) 952-8437 or Toll: (914) 614-3426

Webinar ID: 251-507-251

Access Code: 808-026-934

Participants can also download the GoToMeeting application on their cell phones for a quick and easy way to access the public hearing. The apps can be found in the Google Play store on Android and AppStore on Apple devices.

For more information, contact the CDBG program staff at 777-4432, ext. 2242 on St. Thomas or 772-4432, ext. 3261 on St. Croix.