Virtual Public Hearings for CDBG 2020 Grant Applications Scheduled

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority

The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA), as the administering agency for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has scheduled a series of public hearings to present projects that are being considered for funding from the Fiscal Year 2020 CDBG grant allocation.

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: GoToWebinar.

The virtual public hearings schedule is as follows:

St. Croix:        Monday, May 4, 2020                        5:30 p.m.

St. John:          Wednesday, May 6, 2020                   5:30 p.m.

St. Thomas:     Thursday, May 7, 2020                      5:30 p.m.

Members of the public interested in participating in the virtual public hearing should visit the COVID-19 tab on the VIHFA website: www.vihfa.gov for instructions on accessing the hearing via GoToMeeting. 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 presented 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 seek public input relative to the needs of the territory with regards to housing, homelessness and community development, the funding priorities which should be established and the selection of activities to be funded.

For more information, contact Jennifer Jones on St. Thomas at [email protected] or Jasheda Reyes at [email protected].

St. Croix: Monday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. EDT

To join the public hearing webinar, click on the link here: https://global.gotowebinar.com/register/286579091

  1. You will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended.

Or, to listen to the audio on your phone, select “Use Telephone” after joining the Webinar and then dial-in using one of the telephone numbers below:

United States (toll-free): 1 (877) 309-2071 OR

United States (toll):  +1 (951) 384-3421

Access Code: 949-536-868

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

Webinar ID: 286-579-091

St. John: Wednesday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. EDT

  1. To join the public hearing webinar, please click on this link:

https://global.gotowebinar.com/register/598188435

  1. You will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended.

Or, to listen to the audio on your phone, select “Use Telephone” after joining the Webinar and then dial-in using one of the telephone numbers below:

United States (toll-free): 1 866 952 8437 or

United States (toll): +1 (415) 930-5229

Access Code: 187-380-616

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

Webinar ID: 598-188-435

St. Thomas: Thursday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. EDT

  1. To join the public hearing webinar, please click on this link:

https://global.gotowebinar.com/register/496742459

  1. You will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended.

Or, to listen to the audio on your phone, you may select “Use Telephone” after joining the Webinar and then dial-in using one of the telephone numbers below:

United States (toll-free): 1 877 568 4108 or

United States (toll): +1 (213) 929-4221

Access Code: 779-390-394

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

Webinar ID: 496-742-459