Community Development Block Grants

The Community Development Block Grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Community Development Block Grants help communities provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

HUD awards 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. Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities.

Prescott qualified as an entitlement community in 2005 and developed the first Five Year Consolidated Plan 2005 – 2009 and a One Year Action Plan 2005. During this first 2005-2009 Consolidated Plan the CDBG Program facilitated and funded infrastructure improvements, (sidewalks and street paving, rehabilitated low income limited clientele rental units, renovations at residential treatment facilities, worked with Habitat for Humanity to have a tool lending program for the Brush with Kindness program, provided support for a coordinator at the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter, supplied bed night dollars to Project Aware as well as assistance dollars for case management of homeless vets, provided funding to Meals on Wheels Homebound Program for the Elderly and renovation projects for Catholic Charities duplex rehabilitation.

CDBG Consolidated Plan

On May 12, 2015 at the conclusion of a six month planning process, the Prescott City Council adopted the 2015 – 2020 Community Development Block Grant(CDBG) Consolidated Plan. The Five-Year Plan provides the framework for the use of CDBG funding received by the City of Prescott from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the five-year period beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2020. CDBG funds must be used to benefit low and moderate income households and neighborhoods. Eligible CDBG activities fall into three broad categories:

  1. Neighborhood Revitalization, Public Services and Facilities
  2. Human Services and Economic Opportunities
  3. Decent Affordable Housing

CDBG Annual Allocation Plan

Each year the City funds a number of projects with the CDBG funds available. Those projects are included in an Annual Allocation Plan (AAP). Contact your CDBG Grant Administrator for information.

CONTACT

  • Community Development
  • Darla Eastman
  • CDBG Grants Administrator
  • City Hall

    201 S Cortez St

  • 928-777-1205

FAQ

  • Yes. Community applications for CDBG funds must meet the “National Objectives” established by Congress.

  • CDBG funds can be used to:

    • Rehabilitate homes owned and occupied by LM persons or rental units in which at least 51 percent of the tenants are or will be LM and will pay “affordable rents”
    • Acquire property to be sold to LM persons or to be converted primarily to rental housing, with at least 51 percent of the units to be occupied by LM persons;
    • Acquire or clear property to be sold or leased to a private developer;
    • Construct off-site improvements for a developer who will build homes at least 51 percent of which will be sold to or constructed by (self-help) LM persons; or
    • Construct or rehabilitate shelters and transitional housing for the homeless.
  • CDBG funds can be used to:

    • Lend funds to a business;
    • Provide the business with a loan guarantee;
    • Install a water line allowing a business to locate or expand;
    • Acquire land to be leased to a business; or
    • Provide training and support services to low-to-moderate income persons wishing to start their own businesses.
    • In most cases, the business must agree to create or retain a reasonable number of jobs in relation to the CDBG assistance and hire 51 percent LM income persons.
  • Yes. Every community applying for CDBG funds must hold at least two public hearings to let residents identify possible projects. Public hearing notices also must be published in the local newspapers. These notices must be published before the community can send its application to HUD, and they must inform the public about the process to comment on projects recommended by elected officials. Notice of public meetings can also be posted at the local city hall.

  • They require each project to:

    1. Primarily benefit low-to moderate-income persons,
    2. Prevent or eliminate slum and blight, or
    3. Meet other urgent community development needs relating to health and safety issues.
  • Like all federally funded programs, the CDBG program requires that the community comply with a number of requirements relating to record keeping, competitive procurement and public participation. The community must also comply with other federal “overlay” laws. These relate to protection of the environment, acquisition and relocation, civil rights/nondiscrimination and the payment of Davis-Bacon prevailing wages and other construction labor standards.

  • A wide variety of activities including:

    • Street, water and wastewater improvements;
    • Housing rehabilitation or buying land for new housing development;
    • The construction of or improvements to parks, libraries, health clinics, shelters for domestic violence victims or the homeless;
    • Salaries of people who provide public services such as child care or job training, or paying for furniture for such programs; and
    • Loans and other kinds of assistance so businesses can hire new employees.
  • “Low and moderate income” refers to the total annual family income that is less than 80 percent of the average income for same-size families in that area.

NEWS

City Offices, Library Closed November 12, In Observance of Veterans Day Residential and Commercial Trash and Recyclables will be collected

Posted on November 6, 2018

City of Prescott Offices and Public Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, on Monday, November 12, 2018.  Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, November 13. The City Solid Waste Division WILL BE collecting residential trash and recyclables… Read more »

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