CDBG/Home Allocation - General InformationWhat is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program?
- The program is authorized by Title I of the Community Development Act of 1974.
- Federal funds are provided to local governments to assist in the development of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities primarily for persons of low and moderate income.
- CDBG funds must be used for activities determined by the federal government to be eligible, however the local government determines which eligible use is appropriate in the community.
- The City of Bremerton is an "entitlement city" and receives an annual CDBG allocation from the federal government.
- The City accepts applications from various organizations to implement CDBG activities.
- Each application, at a minimum must meet the four threshold requirements. It must: be implemented by an eligible applicant/recipient; be eligible under the CDBG program requirements; and, meet one of the three national objectives.
Eligible applicant/recipients include:
- City departments
- Other local public agencies
- Public and private nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3))
- Section 301(d) small business investment companies
- Local development corporations
- Private profit organizations may implement certain economic development and microenterprise activities.
- Demonstrate an active governing body or board of directors with skills and experience to provide leadership and direction to the agency;
- Demonstrate the legal, financial, and programmatic ability to administer the proposed project; and,
- Meet the City's requirements for contracting agencies such as insurance requirements, audit and financial requirements.
An eligible CDBG activity must either:
- Principally benefit low and very low income households;
- Reduce or prevent slum and blight; or,
- Meet an urgent need
What are eligible activities?
Eligible activities are defined in the CDBG program regulations at 24 CFR 570.201- 570.207. More information concerning eligible activities, and special circumstances relating to the activities, can be obtained from the City. A list of some of the activities follows:
- Acquisition of real property by purchase, lease or donation
- Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of public facilities and improvements
- Code enforcement in deteriorated or deteriorating areas
- Clearance, demolition and removal and rehabilitation of buildings and improvements
- Removal of material and architectural barriers
- Public services (including labor, supplies and materials) including but not limited to those concerned with employment, crime prevention, child care, health, drug abuse, education, energy conservation, welfare or recreation needs
- Planning activities
- Assistance to Community Based Development Organizations (CBDO) to carry out projects
- Assistance to carry out economic development projects
- Housing services such as housing counseling and energy auditing
- Assistance to facilitate and expand homeownership opportunities for low and very low income people
- Lead based paint hazard evaluation and reduction
- New residential housing construction, except in special circumstances
- Regular government operations
- Buildings such as city halls, police stations, or other buildings primarily for the general conduct of government (except for the removal of architectural barriers)
- Income payments such as payments to individuals or families for food, clothing, or rent, except in certain circumstances
- Political activities
All projects are subject to environmental review, civil rights compliance, and procurement requirements. Some of the other things that may effect the amount you request, and your project, are labor standards, relocation, local hire, American Disability Act, and audit requirements.
How do I apply?
Applications, when available, can be obtained from the City at:
- City of Bremerton
Department of Community Development, Suite 600, Attn: CDBG
345 6th Street, 6th floor
Bremerton, WA 98337-1873
Call Marie Vila at 360-473-5375.
How are applications reviewed and projects selected?
- City staff will review the application to assure it is complete, the applicant and project meet the three threshold requirements, and the project is consistent with the Consolidated Plan. Projects not meeting the threshold requirements will be disqualified from consideration for funding. Such projects will not be rated.
- A Citizens Advisory Committee appointed by the Mayor will review public service applications, interview applicants, rate and rank the projects utilizing the process outlined in Part II, and present their recommendation to the Bremerton City Council. A separate Committee, consisting of appointees by the Mayor plus one councilmember and one planning commissioner, will similarly review Capital and Planning applications.
- A public hearing will be held and the Bremerton City Council will make the final decision concerning activities to be included in next year's Action Plan.
- The Action Plan will be sent the to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by November 15 for approval.
Funding is dependent on the federal HUD budget being ratified. In "normal" years this is by March. The City is unable to sign contracts with subrecipients until a contract between the City and HUD is completed.