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Community Development Block Grants

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Charles Alford
Grants Specialist
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Phone: 770-641-3727
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38 Hill Street
Suite 115
Roswell, GA 30075

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

CDBG Background

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.


City of Roswell CDBG Program

The City of Roswell currently qualifies as a CDBG entitlement community. Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities and give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low and moderate income persons. HUD awards annual grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

HUD determines the amount of each entitlement grant by a statutory dual formula which uses several objective measures of community needs, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas. To maintain these awards, HUD requires its CDBG entitlement grantees to submit a Five Year Consolidated Plan (also known as a Con Plan), an Annual Action Plan (AAP), a Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), an Analysis to Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Plan (AI), and a Citizen Participation Plan (CPP). The most current versions of these documents can be found below.
 
2020 Solicitation for Proposals
The City of Roswell has begun accepting applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the 2020 Program Year. The City estimates that its allocation amount from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be $460,000. The City has allocated $400,000 of that amount to the competitive grant application process referenced herein. The goal of the City of Roswell's CDBG program is to benefit low and moderate income persons (as defined by HUD) by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment as well as expanding economic opportunities for low income persons. Eligible activities range from housing rehabilitation to public services as well as economic development and infrastructure projects.


All proposed projects must qualify as an eligible activity (as defined by 24 CFR Part 570, Subpart C) and meet one of the following national objectives:
  1. primarily benefit low income persons;
  2. be of an urgent and otherwise non-fundable need; or
  3. prevent or eliminate slum/blight.
However, because the City has not officially designated any slum or blight areas nor identified any urgent needs, only proposals that address the first national objective of "primarily benefiting low income persons" will be considered.

Along with the national objectives, the Mayor and City Council have identified four funding priorities for the CDBG program:
  1. Improve access to, and quality of housing;
  2. Housing services for homeless or persons at-risk of being homeless;
  3. Public facility improvements in low-income areas; and
  4. Public services.
The City has also decided to include an optional grant match to increase partnerships within the City and maximize the benefits of the CDBG funds. It is not a requirement for project requests to meet one of the Mayor and City Council's priorities or to include a grant match, but both are encouraged and will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on March 13, 2020. In an effort to simplify the application process and conserve resources, the City’s CDBG application process will once again be conducted online. After all applications are received, designated reviewers will evaluate each proposal for eligibility and present the results to Mayor and City Council for approval. If approved, the projects will be included in the City’s 2020 Annual Action Plan (AAP) which will then be submitted to HUD. The City estimates that HUD’s approval of the AAP and the necessary Congressional funding will not be available until September 2020.
 


CDBG Application Workshop
The City will be conducting a CDBG Application Workshop at Roswell City Hall, Room 220, on February 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to walkthrough the online application process. For more information about program objectives and eligible activities, see HUD's CDBG Desk Guide. If you have any questions or comments about the CDBG application process and will not be able to attend the workshop, please contact Charles Alford, Grants Specialist for the City of Roswell, at 770-641-3847 or calford@roswellgov.com.
 


Community Development Block Grant Documents

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report Documents