Five-Year Strategy Plan
The Grants and Housing Department is responsible for the development of a five-year strategy assessing the nonhousing and housing community development needs of the city. This document, which is called the Consolidated Plan, guides the city's community development goals for three to five years.
With the approval of City Council, CDBG, and HOME funds are awarded to a variety of neighborhood activities, nonprofit organizations, and city departments.
All CDBG funds must be used to meet one of three national objectives of the CDBG program. These objectives include:
Provide a benefit to low-moderate income persons
Eliminate a slum or blight condition
Meet an urgent community development need, as approved by HUD
The Grants and Housing Department monitors all CDBG and HOME funded activities for compliance with national objectives, eligible program beneficiaries, fiscal requirements, environmental requirements, and all program guidelines and statutory regulations.
The Grants and Housing Department also administers the city's housing rehabilitation and reconstruction programs. All residents must meet HUD's low-moderate income criteria. These programs provide housing rehabilitation services in the forms of loans, forgivable deferred payment loans.
Handicap Accessibility Program
The Grants and Housing Department also provides a Handicap Accessibility Program that offers grants to homeowners with physical impairments. This program provides a number of home improvements to assist homeowners with accessibility needs, including wheelchair ramps and kitchen and bathroom modifications.
The city also provides assistance to nonprofit organizations that provide affordable housing assistance in the form of acquisition, rehabilitation, and first-time homebuyers assistance.