Community Development Block Grants
City of Prescott launches Phase II of the “Prescott CARES” Program.
“The first round of funding helped 18 individuals and businesses with more than $80,000 distributed. We will continue the programming until all funds have been given to support those who need it. The program was developed to help people and businesses who have struggled financially due to the pandemic,” said Heiney. “We want to be sure people can afford housing and we want to support the recovery of businesses that are the lifeblood of our community.”
The CARES funding is made available via the 2020 Federal CARES Act and the US Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) to help Prescott residents and businesses impacted by the pandemic. Funds will help qualifying Prescott residents with rent, mortgage and utility payments and support struggling businesses.
Phase two applications will be open from July 19th until August 20th 2021. It is expected that additional applications will be accepted in future phases until the funds have been expended. To learn more about Prescott Cares please visit https://www.prescott.org/prescott-cares.html
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 has since developed four Five Year Consolidated Plans 2005 – 2009, 2010-2014, 2015-2019, and 2020-2024.
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). CDBG funds must be used to benefit low and moderate income (LMI) households and neighborhoods. Eligible CDBG activities fall into three broad categories:
- Neighborhood Revitalization, Public Services and Facilities
- Human Services and Economic Opportunities
- Decent Affordable Housing
The Prescott CDBG Program has facilitated and funded: Area LMI benefit infrastructure improvements, (sidewalks and street paving), rehab of low income limited clientele rental units, renovation at residential treatment facilities, a tool lending program, transportation for low income seniors and disabled residents, renovation of two ADA restrooms in public buildings, improved Granite Creek Park, created an outdoor learning center for LMI youth, upgraded veterans affordable housing, coordinated outreach for homeless veterans, improved the quality, efficiency and safety of local shelters, supported Meals on Wheels programming and more.
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 Action Plan (AAP). You can review current or past AAP’s below. Contact the CDBG Grant Coordinator for more information.