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Community Development Block Grant Program Summary
The U.S. Congress has established three primary objectives for the Community Development Block Grants program:
I. Activities Benefiting Low and Moderate-Income Persons -- Any activity where the majority of the beneficiaries are persons of low and moderate income. This standard can be met by defining an area which is coexistent with census tract boundaries and proof that at least 51% of the residents of the area are low and moderate income. It can also be met by individually checking the beneficiaries to prove that they are low and moderate income;
II. Activities in a Slum or Blighted Area -- An area that meets a definition of a slum, blighted, deteriorated or deteriorating area under state or local law; and where there is a substantial number of dilapidated buildings or improvements throughout the area. In order for a project to be eligible under this objective, there must be documentation that all buildings not only violate Existing Housing Quality Standards but meet the requirements as described above; and
III. Activities Designed to Meet Community Development Needs Having Particular Urgency -- Any activity which alleviates existing conditions which pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community which are of recent origin and where the recipient is unable to finance the activity on its own. A condition will generally be considered to be of recent origin if it developed within 18 months preceding the certification by the recipient and is considered a serious threat. Any activity in which a problem has occurred that could have been alleviated through routine maintenance does not fall under this standard.
Grant assistance may be used for various types of activities when one of the three aforementioned objectives is met. These activities include the following:
- Public facilities and improvements -- Acquisition, construction, reconstruction or installation of public facilities and improvements including street surfacing or construction, water improvements, sewer improvements, fire protection facilities and equipment, storm drainage improvements, and senior center/community center facilities;
Acquisition: Acquisition of property including easements and right-of-way for public improvements;
Rehabilitation of Private Properties: Rehabilitation of single family housing;
Relocation: Relocation payments and assistance for permanently or temporarily displaced individuals, families, and businesses as a result of another activity;
Special Economic Development Activities: CDBG funds may be used to assist a private for-profit business or to fund a project which is necessary to carry out an economic development activity; and
Removal of Architectural Barriers: Special projects directed to removal of material and architectural barriers which restrict the mobility and accessibility of elderly or handicapped persons.
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Grant Cycle: Fiscal year is from October 1 to September 30.
Eligible Applicants: Cities, Villages and Townships within Madison County
February Public Hearing to solicit citizens' comments on proposed applications.
Distribution of applications to municipalities and townships.
April Applications due in Community Development Office.
Review and ranking of eligible projects.
May/June Grants Committee review of project rankings and final approval.
County Board Approval.
Publication of proposed final statement of Community Development needs, objectives, and proposed projects in newspaper.
June/July Environmental review period
August Publication of final statement in newspapers.
Sept. 1 Submittal of Final Statements to HUD.
Oct. 1 Expected release of funds from HUD.
For additional information on the Madison County Development Community Block Grant Program, contact Lisa Mersinger at (618) 296-4398.
For additional information on the Madison County Rehab Program Program, contact Lisa Mersinger at (618) 296-4398.