Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
HAPCAP’s Community Development Block Grant division provides administrative and grant management services to Athens, Hocking and Perry counties. We work with your community and hold community meetings to get a better grasp on what issues the community feels needs to be fixed through CDBG funding. Once the projected projects are decided upon we help communities apply for the CDBG competitive grant.
The CDBG program works to:
- Ensure decent affordable housing;
- Provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities;
- Create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.
CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation, including Southeast Ohio.
CDBG Formula funds are typically used to upgrade the infrastructure of communities and include:
Funds are targeted to benefit low-to-moderate income individuals and neighborhoods.
The amount of each Community Development Block Grant is based on several measures of community need, including:
- The extent of poverty;
- Housing overcrowding;
- Age of housing;
- Population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan area
HAPCAP’s Community Development Block Grant division provides administrative and grant management services to Athens, Hocking and Perry counties. We work with you community and hold community meetings to get a better grasp on what issues the community feels needs to be fixed through CDBG funding. Once the projected projects are decided upon we help communities apply for the CDBG competitive grant.
The defined benefit area, whether it be a whole community, part of a community, or just a street of addresses in the community has to be low to moderate income as determined by one of two methods: 2000 Census data or Income Survey to the targeted benefit area.
In order to receive CDBG funds, applicants must identify urgent needs of the community, and solicit project ideas and plans from citizens and local organizations that address those needs.
A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan which provides for, and encourages, citizen participation and which emphasizes participation by persons of low- or moderate-income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. The plan must:
- provide citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information, and records related to the grantee's proposed and actual use of funds;
- provide for public hearings to obtain citizen views and to respond to proposals and questions at all stages of the community development program, including at least the development of needs, the review of proposed activities, and review of program performance;
- provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances;
- and identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public hearings where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate.
At HAPCAP we work under housing and environment codes and regulations on a daily basis. We strongly believe in making sure all of our programs follow these regulations and maintain minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
This makes us extremely familiar with the process and we are well prepared and available to help local governments and organizations to assure that all required environment clearances have been secured for funded projects. Click here for more information.
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