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Title: Alachua County Community Development Block Grant Application for Funding


1
Alachua County Community DevelopmentBlock
GrantApplication for Funding
  • 1st Public Hearing
  • August 12, 2008

2
Purpose
  • Two public hearings are required for a Community
    Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.
  • This first public hearing will allow citizens
    and commissioners input, outline CDBG grant
    categories, and provide a staff recommendation on
    a CDBG grant category.
  • The second public hearing, in September, will
    allow for public comments before the CDBG grant
    application is submitted.

3
Background
  • The CDBG Program is
  • A federal grant program that, through the State
    of Florida, Alachua County is eligible to apply
    for
  • A primary source of funding for housing and
    community development
  • Used for a variety of community development
    activities such as residential and nonresidential
    property rehabilitation, homeownership
    assistance, and economic development.

4
CDBG Objectives
  • National objectives
  • Undertake activities that principally benefit low
    and moderate income persons
  • Prevent or eliminate slum or blight
  • Address urgent needs of recent origin for which
    there is no other funding.

5
Small Cities CDBG Program
  • Floridas Small Cities CDBG Program
  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and
    Urban Development (HUD)
  • Administered by the Department of Community
    Affairs (DCA)
  • Available to cities with less than 50,000
    residents and counties with less than 200,000
    residents.

6
Grant Categories
  • There are four primary categories under which
    Alachua County may apply for funding
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Commercial Revitalization
  • Economic Development.

7
Housing
Rehabilitation
  • Objective is to improve housing conditions and
    expand housing opportunities for very low, low,
    and moderate income persons by
  • Rehabilitation of substandard houses
  • Demolition of dilapidated housing
  • Relocation to replacement housing
  • Installation of wells/septic tanks (where potable
    water or sewer service is not available)
  • Mitigation of future natural disaster hazards.

8
Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Objective is to revitalize declining
    neighborhoods and improve infrastructure by
    addressing problems that influence neighborhood
    vitality by
  • Construction or improvement of infrastructure
    (roads, drainage, and water/sewer facilities)
  • Construction/rehabilitation of neighborhood
    facilities that provide community services
  • Construction/rehabilitation of facilities for
    persons with disabilities and removal of
    architectural barriers
  • Mitigation of natural disaster hazards.

9
Commercial Revitalization
  • Objective is to revitalize commercial areas that
    are showing signs of decline by
  • Repair/rehabilitation of building facades
  • Construction/reconstruction of streets,
    utilities, public spaces, parking facilities,
    etc.
  • Acquisitions of substandard or blighted
    properties to carry out a redevelopment plan.

10
Economic Development
  • Objectives are to provide long-term jobs, promote
    private capital investment, and expand local tax
    bases by
  • Providing job training and placement
  • Expanding infrastructure to attract or retain
    businesses
  • Acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of
    commercial/industrial buildings and structures
  • Purchase of capitalized machinery and equipment.

11
Previous CDBG Funded Projects
  • Alachua County has successfully applied for
    funding and implemented projects under the
    Housing Rehabilitation category
  • Federal Fiscal Year 1997
  • Federal Fiscal Year 2001
  • Federal Fiscal Year 2005-funding was leveraged
    with SHIP funds to rehabilitate five homes and
    provide eleven County residents with new homes.

12
Grant Application
  • The state does not target Small Cities CDBG
    funding to particular areas.
  • The application process favors local governments
    that have undertaken fair housing and equal
    opportunity activities.
  • Grants are awarded based on competitively-scored
    applications.

13
Application Scoring Criteria
  • Based on Community-wide Need Score
  • Project Impact (at least 51 of funding must
    benefit low and moderate income persons)
  • Outstanding Performance in Equal Opportunity in
    Employment and Housing
  • Source and Use of Funds
  • Proposed project(s) must be consistent with
    applicable elements of the adopted local
    comprehensive plan
  • Proposed project(s) must support at least one
    national objective.

14
Grant Ceiling
  • The LMI population determines the amount of money
    that can be received.
  • Alachua County is eligible to apply for 750,000
    in funding.

15
Application Process
  • Select a grant category that meets community
    needs after hearing citizens and commissioners
    comments during 1st public hearing
  • Create grant application with a grant
    consultants assistance
  • Finalize and submit application after public
    review and comment during 2nd public hearing

16
Recommendation
  • Identifying projects for Neighborhood or
    Commercial Revitalization or Economic Development
    Categories requires long-term planning, thorough
    data collection, and availability of time and
    resources
  • The County has had success and has experience in
    applying for and implementing Housing
    Rehabilitation grants
  • There is a need for projects within the Housing
    Rehabilitation category in the community
  • Staff recommends that the County apply for a CDBG
    grant to fund Housing Rehabilitation projects.

17
Next Steps
  • Staff will prepare grant application as directed
  • A 2nd public hearing for citizens and
    commissioners review and comment will be held
    September 9, 2008
  • County will submit grant application to DCA
    before the September 30, 2008 deadline.
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