Marietta accepting public input on changes to its Community Development Block Grant

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The City of Marietta is proposing a modification to the required annual action plan for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Before it goes into effect the city will gather public input and hold a hearing.

The HUD Exchange describes the CDBG as follows:

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

Recipients of these federal grants are required to prepare an annual action plan.

In this year’s plan, PY2022, the city proposes shifting funds as outlined in the table below.

In each of the proposed changes money is being shifted from some other part of the block grant into the Housing Rehabilitation Service Delivery.

There will be a public comment period that begins August 15th and ends September 15th. A public hearing will be held on September 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Development Office. 268 Lawrence St., Marietta, GA 30060.

Here is the complete public notice for the proposal, reprinted from the City of Marietta website:

The City of Marietta is advertising a proposed Substantial Amendment to its CDBG Annual Action Plan. The proposed PY2022 Annual Action Plan Amendment includes the following reallocations:

Reallocated From:Amount:Reallocated To:
PY2021 Administration and Planning$219.64PY2022 Housing Rehabilitation Service Delivery
PY2020 Homeownership Assistance$20,000.00PY2022 Housing Rehabilitation Service Delivery
PY2019 Public Services$.85PY2022 Housing Rehabilitation Service Delivery
PY2019 Homeownership Assistance$29,250.00PY2022 Housing Rehabilitation Service Delivery
PY2019 Public Works and Facilities$.45PY2022 Housing Rehabilitation Service Delivery
PY2018 Homeownership Assistance$25,000.00PY2022 Housing Rehabilitation Service Delivery

A total of $74,470.94 will be reallocated to PY22 Housing Rehabilitation Service Delivery.

This Amendment is classified as substantial and warrants a minimum 30-day Public Comment period. The Public Comment period begins August 15th and ends September 15th. An in-person public hearing will be held on September 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Community Development Office. 268 Lawrence St., Marietta, GA 30060. All comments can be submitted by mail, email or through phone. Please direct all comments/inquiries to: Kelsey Thompson-White. 268 Lawrence Street, Suite 200, Marietta, GA 30060; Telephone: 770-794-5437 or e-mail to: All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on September 15th, 2022.

The City of Marietta supports Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing and does not discriminate in any of its Block Grant Programs based on race, color, creed, ethnicity, sex, familial status, age, religion, or disability. No displacement will occur because of the activities described herein. Should displacement occur, the City of Marietta will implement the provisions required by CFR 570.606. The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission of, access to, or treatment of, or employment, the programs and activities described herein. An interpreter is available upon request to assist persons with limited English proficiency. Any requests for reasonable accommodation required by an individual to fully participate in any open meetings, programs, or activities of the City Community Development Division should be directed to: Kelsey Thompson-White, Community Development Manager, 268 Lawrence Street, Suite 200, Marietta, GA 30060.

About the City of Marietta

The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the population of the city at 60,867 which makes it the largest city in Cobb County by population.

However, the city is in a neck-and-neck race with fast-growing Smyrna, whose population was 56,666 at the last estimate.

Here are a few fast facts from the Census Bureau

Marietta city, Georgia


Population, Census, April 1, 202060972
Population, Census, April 1, 201056579
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent6.7%
Persons under 18 years, percent21.8%
Persons 65 years and over, percent13.2%
Female persons, percent49.9%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent53.4%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)32.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)1.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.0%
Two or More Races, percent4.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)15.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent46.4%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-20202678
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-202016.6%
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-202044.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020$310,100
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020$1,856
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020$526
Median gross rent, 2016-2020$1,145
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-202024148
Persons per household, 2016-20202.39
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-202077.9%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-202023.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-202095.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-202086.6%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202088.6%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202044.0%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-20206.3%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent20.2%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202067.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202061.2%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)264544
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1584232
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1129407
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1976915
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)$33,875
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-202028.5
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$59,594
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$36,112
Persons in poverty, percent14.1%
All firms, 201210501
Men-owned firms, 20124934
Women-owned firms, 20124186
Minority-owned firms, 20124286
Nonminority-owned firms, 20125502
Veteran-owned firms, 20121015
Nonveteran-owned firms, 20128663
Population per square mile, 20102451.4
Land area in square miles, 201023.08