Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
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The City of Albany became a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community in 2013, and receives an annual formula grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the CDBG program funds is to create viable urban communities through decent housing and suitable living environments, by removing blighted conditions, and expanding economic opportunities. CDBG funds can be used to implement a wide variety of community and economic development eligible activities, to principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
The CDBG program provides the City with an essential funding source to financially support a variety of programs and projects including those described below. Activities funded through the CDBG program must address the priority needs, goals, objectives and strategies identified through the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans.
Public Input / Comment Opportunities
The City of Albany receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address housing, community, and economic development needs, primarily for Albany’s for low- and moderate-income and special needs residents. The City is required to prepare a five-year strategic plan, called the Consolidated Plan, which identifies the City’s priorities for how CDBG funds will be used to address the community’s highest needs. Each year, the City prepares an annual Action Plan that describes the specific planned uses for CDBG funding and how program requirements will be satisfied.
Public participation if very important in helping the City plan for how CDBG funds will be spent. The City of Albany is seeking input from all residents and supportive agencies in order to gain an understanding of priority needs and in setting goals to be included in the 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan, and the 2018 Action Plan.
PUBLIC NOTICE AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Albany City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 7:15 p.m. to hear public comment on the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan and 2018 Action Plan administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The hearing will be in Albany City Hall Council Chambers. The plans can be reviewed at Albany’s public libraries, and at the Community Development counter in City Hall or electronically below:
The 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan goals are to create and preserve affordable housing, reduce homelessness, provide needed public services, enhance economic opportunities and increase accessibility. The 2018 Action Plan proposes CDBG funding for public services to Albany’s homeless, low-and moderate-income residents; housing rehabilitation and home-buyer assistance to low-income households; property acquisition and clearance for affordable housing; small business development; and accessibility improvements in Sunrise Park and other low- and moderate-income areas.
The City promotes fair housing and makes all programs available to low- and moderate-income families regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual preference, marital status, or handicaps. For more information about Albany’s CDBG programs, email Anne Catlin or call 541-917-7560. Contact the Human Resources Department at 541-917-7506 for special accommodations to attend the hearing or provide comments.
Other ways to provide input and participate:
- Take a few minutes to complete the Community Needs Survey:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WXMDCBB. En español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/757Z7BL
- Attend a Community Development Commission meeting.
The documents below provide information on CDBG program requirements including eligible activities, meeting a national objective, and environmental review. See also Subrecipient Resources at the bottom of the page.
- Summary of Eligible and Ineligible CDBG Activities(también disponible en español)
- Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities(también disponible en español)
- CDBG Matrix of Eligible Activities, National Objectives and Accomplishment Types
- Levels of Environmental Review – In order to protect the natural environment, as well as the environmental health and safety of those assisted with federal funds, all projects must be in compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and HUD-specific environmental regulations before funds can be committed or spent on a project.
- HUD Region X Environmental Review Forms and Resources
- Guidelines for Religious Organizations
Albany’s CDBG Programs
Public Services Programs
CDBG provides operating funds for local nonprofit social service agencies to address a variety of needs such as shelter and services for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, services to prevent child abuse, and youth job skills development.
Housing Rehabilitation for Owner-Occupied Households Earning 80% or less of the median income
Down Payment Assistance for Albany Residents earning 80% or less of the median income
Economic Opportunity Grants for Small Businesses
The City of Albany’s Small Business Grant Program provides grants up to $8,000 to eligible small businesses with 10 or fewer employees located within the city, for the purpose of creating jobs for low-income Albany residents. Please review the grant program brochure below for more information.
- Small Business Grant Brochure (English PDF / Spanish PDF)
- Small Business GrantApplication (English: Word or PDF / Spanish: Word or PDF)
Capital Improvement Projects
Funds can be used to remove blighting influences in neighborhoods and city facilities, provide infrastructure in CDBG eligible neighborhoods, improve accessibility for disabled persons, and acquire sites and to develop infrastructure for low-income housing development projects. CDBG funds are being used to improve Sunrise Park (spring 2017 construction), add infill sidewalks along 19th Avenue SE from Main to Sunrise Elementary School (March, 2017 construction), and add curb ramps along the Dave Clark Path.
Albany works to further fair housing within the City. Albany's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Fair Housing Plan outline the City's findings regarding fair housing issues identified within the city and steps that will be taken to reduce or remove impediments to fair housing.
Federally-protected classes include: race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status and disability.
Oregon-protected classes include: marital status, source of income, sexual orientation including gender identity, and domestic violence victims.
- The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO)has several brochures (including in Spanish) on their website and can respond to questions and complaints having to do with housing discrimination related to federal, state and local laws. 1-800-424-3247. Las publicaciones están disponibles en español y tienen personal que habla español a través del teléfono.
- HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) website contains information to help you if you feel you have experienced housing discrimination.
- Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) - BOLI enforces Oregon´s civil rights laws. These laws ban discrimination against individuals because of characteristics that make them part of a protected class. Anyone claiming to have been discriminated against at work, in a place where the public is served such as a restaurant or a hotel, when buying or renting housing, or when applying for or attending a career school can file a complaint with the BOLI´s Civil Rights Division.
|Albany Subrecipient Handbook||English||n/a|
|Client Certification Form 2017||English/Spanish||English / Spanish|
|Income Determination Worksheet||English||n/a|
|Annual Closeout Report||English||English|
|FederalCDBG Subrecipient Manual, "Playing by the Rules"||English||n/a|
|Fiscal Year||Annual Action Plan||Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)||Financial Summary Report|
|2017-2018||2017-2018 Action PlanDRAFT|
|Consolidated Plan for FY 2013-2017|
|2016-2017||FY 2016-2017 Action Plan|
|2015-2016||FY 2015-2016 Action Plan||2015 CAPER||2015 Financial Summary Report|
|2014-2015||FY 2014-2015 Action Plan||2014 CAPER||2014 Financial Summary Report|
|2013-2014||FY 2013-2014 Action Plan||2013 CAPER||2013 Financial Summary Report|