Henry County Community Development Block Grant
Community Needs Assessment Survey
The Henry County CDBG Program is excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. CDBG will turn 40 on August 22, 2014. The CDBG Program is authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
CDBG funds are a block grant that can be used to address critical and unmet community needs including those for housing rehabilitation, public facilities, infrastructure, economic development, public services, and much more. CDBG eligible activities are initiated and developed at the state and local level based upon a community’s needs, priorities, and benefits. On July 1, 2014, Henry County entered its third program year as a CDBG entitlement urban county with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The primary objective of the CDBG Program is to develop viable urban and rural communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, expanding economic opportunities, and improving the quality of life principally for low- and moderate-income persons. Each year, approximately 95% of funds are invested in activities that primarily benefit low and moderate income persons. Since 1974, $144 billion of CDBG funds have been invested in communities nationwide.
For FY 2014, there are 1,220 grantees including cities, counties, states, insular areas, and non-entitlement counties in Hawaii. However, the potential reach of the CDBG Program is to every community either directly or indirectly; that mean more than 7,250 local governments have access to funding. CDBG is an important catalyst for community development and economic growth. It helps local officials leverage funds for community needs.
2013 Nationwide CDBG Program Accomplishments
Nearly 28,000 Americans found new permanent jobs or were able to retain their jobs at businesses supported by CDBG economic development activities;
- More than 94,300 housing units received some level of housing rehabilitation assistance;
- More than 7,250 local governments, including more than 2,500 rural communities, participated in CDBG through the entitlement, urban county, or state programs; and
- More than 9.8 million people live in areas which benefited from CDBG-funded public service activities and almost 3.3 million live in areas which benefited from CDBG-financed public improvements.
What is the Community Development Block Grant Program?
The primary goal of CDBG is to develop and strengthen viable urban communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments principally for low- and moderate-income persons and/or households.
CDBG-funded projects and services must meet one of the Programs’ National Objectives:
- Provide a benefit to low/moderate income persons.
- Eliminate or prevent slums and blight.
- Meet an urgent community need of recent origin that threatens the health or welfare of residents.
The following are considered eligible CDBG activities:
- PUBLIC SERVICES
- Senior Services
- Handicapped Access
- Youth Services
- Health Services
- PUBLIC INFRASTUCTURE
- Sidewalk Improvements
- Waterline Improvements
- Street Improvements
- Sewer Improvements
- Drainage Improvements
- PUBLIC FACILITIES
- Senior Center
- Youth Centers
- Neighborhood Facilities
- Child Care Facilities
- Historic Preservation
- Parks & Recreation Facilities
- Health Facilities
- Parking Facilities
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- Job Creation & Retention
- Business Improvements
- Housing Rehabilitation
- Affordable Housing
- Rental Assistance
- Down Payment Assistance
- Rental Rehabilitation
- Emergency Shelter
The following activities may Not be assisted with CDBG funds:
- Buildings (or portions thereof) utilized for the General Conduct of Government (unless the proposed activity is related to ADA compliance being the removal of material or architectural barriers that limit the accessibility of elderly persons or adults with severe disabilities (§570.208(a)(2(ii));
- General Government Expenses - required to carry out the regular responsibilities of general local government; and
- Political Activities - the use of CDBG funds to finance facilities or equipment for political purposes or to engage in other partisan political activities, such as candidates’ forums, voter transportation, or voter registration is not eligible.
The following activities will generally Not be assisted with CDBG funds:
- Purchase of Equipment - for example, construction, fixtures, motor vehicles, furnishings and other personal property not an integral structural fixture is generally ineligible;
- Operating and Maintenance Expenses – any expense associated with repairing, operating or maintaining public facilities, improvements and services in ineligible. Examples of ineligible operating and maintenance include: the maintenance and repair of publically owned streets (filling of pot holes in streets, repairing of cracks in sidewalks, replacement of expended street light bulbs), parks (the mowing of recreational areas), water and sewer facilities, neighborhood facilities, senior centers, centers for persons with disabilities;
- Payment of staff salaries, utility costs and similar expenses necessary for the operation of public works and facilities;
- New Housing Construction – the construction of new permanent residential structures or for any program to subsidize or assist such new construction is ineligible except:
- When carried out by an entity pursuant to §570.204(a)
- Income payments – any series of subsistence - type grant payments, such as Housing allowances, food, clothing or utilities.