2022 CDBG PUBLIC FACILITIES APPLICATION CYCLE
Public Facilities & Improvements / Economic Development / Housing Activities
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The CDBG Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to Entitlement Communities as a means to support viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low-and moderate-income persons.
The CDBG Program has three national objectives:
- Provide a direct benefit(s) to low to moderate income households
- Prevent or eliminate slum or blight
- Address an urgent need or problem within the community
Annually, the Cobb County CDBG Program Office requests proposals from local non-profit organizations and government entities to carry out eligible activities in the County. This funding application is for the period beginning January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.
A Selection Committee will review all applications for compliance with requirements and make funding recommendations to the Chair and Cobb County Board of Commissioners (BOC). Recommendations for grant awards will be provided to the Chair and BOC during the month of November 2021.
CDBG Public Facilities & Improvement Funds are eligible for the following activities:
Public Facilities & Improvements
Commercial/ Residential Rehabilitation
Removal of Architectural Barriers for Accessibility
Construction/ Reconstruction Equipment Installation
Economic Development Activities
Construction of a Business Incubator
Technical assistance to a business facing bankruptcy
Providing training for low-income persons to enable them to qualify for jobs created by CDBG-assisted special economic development activities
Rehabilitation of Single Family Housing
Lead-based paint hazard evaluation and reduction
In order for a project or program to qualify for CDBG funds, 51% of the program beneficiaries must be low- to moderate-income as defined by HUD. The following table reflects the current HUD income limits for one- to eight-person households who earn at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Cobb County, Georgia.
CDBG MAXIMUM HOUSEHOLD INCOME LIMITS
2020 CDBG INCOME
Very Low Income 50%
Low Income 80%
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) https://www.hudexchange.info/
CDBG QUALIFYING CRITERIA
The criteria for how CDBG activities benefit low and moderate income (L/M) persons are categorized as follows:
- Area Benefit Activities – these activities must benefit all residents in a particular service area, where at least 51% (for water, sewer, and flood control projects) or 51% (for capital improvement projects) of persons in the service area are low- and moderate-income, per most recent U.S. Census Data.
· The service area is determined based upon the nature of the activity, location of the activity, accessibility issues, availability of comparable activities, and boundaries for public facilities and public services. Service area must be determined prior to the provision of CDBG assistance.
· Examples of eligible activities include infrastructure, public facilities, and economic development.
- Limited Clientele Activities – At least 51% of the beneficiaries of the proposed project activity must be low- and moderate-income.
A benefit activity category listed above, it is not the low- and moderate-income concentration of the service activity that determines eligibility, but rather the actual number of low-and moderate-income persons that will benefit from the activity. In order to qualify under this category, an activity must satisfy one of the following criteria:
· Benefit a clientele that is generally presumed to be principally low- and moderate-income including abused children, battered spouses, elderly persons, severely disabled adults, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, and migrant farm workers or
· Document household size and income which demonstrates that at least 51% of the clientele are low- and moderate-income or
· Restrict income eligibility for the activity to low- and moderate-income persons or
· Be of such a nature and in such a location that it can be concluded that clients are primarily low- and moderate-income.
- Economic Development Activities: Low-mod job creation or retention activities – these activities must be undertaken with the purpose of creating or retaining permanent jobs, at least 51% of which (computed on a fulltime equivalent basis) will be made available to or held by low-and moderate-income persons.
- Housing Activities – include that are undertaken for the purpose of providing or improving permanent residential structures which, upon completion, will be occupied by at least 51% low and moderate-income households.