Community Development Block Grant Program

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The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.  

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) distributes community development block grant funds to cities for their local community development projects.  The City of Annapolis distributes these funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, based on its Five Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document which: 1) identifies housing needs and problems; 2) analyzes market conditions and resources; 3) sets priorities and adopts strategies; 4) allocates resources; and, 5) contains an annual action plan.  The Annual Action Plan identifies the amount of CDBG funds the City expects to use, the activities that the City will fund, and the goals the City set for the number and type of households the City expects to assist.

The City’s Community Development Division in the Planning and Zoning Department administers the CDBG program. The City’Affordable Housing and Community Equity Development Commission has oversight responsibility for the CDBG program and the use of CDBG funds. The Commission recommends the funding to the City Council, which approves all CDBG-funded projects. The approved projects then become the basis for the CDBG Action Plan. 

For the past 30 years, the City has used its CDBG funds to provide homeownership opportunities, housing rehabilitation services, and financial support for various human service organizations.

In FY 2021 the City provided $305,040 in CDBG Entitlement funds to the following organizations:

  • Arundel Lodge, Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Blessed in Tech Ministries
  • Center of Help
  • Community Action Agency
  • Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
  • Light House
  • OHLA
  • OIC
  • Restoration Community Development Corporation

In addition, the City received a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds $156,651 from the  CARES ACT to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Those funds went to the following organizations:

  • Arundel Lodge, Inc.
  • Blessed in Tech Ministries
  • Center of Help
  • Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
  • Light House
  • Restoration Community Development Corporation

ANNAPOLIS CARES ACT AMENDMENT CDBG COVID- 3– PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the City of Annapolis will receive $272,626 in Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG–CV)-3 funding. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748) provided CDBG funds to rapidly respond to COVID-19 and the economic and housing impacts caused by it.  A Substantial Amendment to the FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan is required to allocate these funds.  Substantial amendments usually require a thirty (30) day public comment period however, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has waived this requirement provided that no less than five days are provided for public comments on each substantial amendment.

 The CDBG-CV funds allocated under the CARES Act may be used for a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond the spread of infectious diseases such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

 The City plans to amend its FY 2020 CDBG Action Plan by adding the following projects:

CDBG–CV

Allocation

Public Service and Capital Grants

 

Superior Future – Job Training for Youth -Response

$40,000

  Blessed in Tech Ministries, Inc. – Food Bank - Response

$120,000

Co-op Arundel – Life Skills Training for Women- Response

$10,000

Arundel Lodge- Residences Prevention and Protection

$50,000

Administration

$52,626

Total CDBG Allocations

$272,626

 

In addition and for the purpose of an expedited use of the CDBG-CV funding, the bill eliminates the cap on the amount of funds a grantee can spend on public services, removes the requirement to hold in-person public hearings in order to comply with national and local social gathering requirements, and allows grantees to be reimbursed for COVID-19 response activities regardless of the date the costs were incurred.

 The public may provide input by commenting on the proposed amendment via email to Theresa Wellman, City of Annapolis until 4:30 p.m. on February 26, 2021 at tcw@annapolis.gov or by phone at 410-263-7961 x 7798. All comments will be considered and changes made if such changes are deemed appropriate prior to submitting the amended plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Copies or summaries of the amendment will be made available in a form accessible to persons with disabilities, and those with Limited English Proficiency upon request.

 

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated report for all communities receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The CAPER reports the City of Annapolis success in meeting the housing and community development goals and objectives contained in its Five-year Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan and FY 2019 Annual Action Plan. (CAPER FY 2019)

For additional information about the CDBG Program, please contact Ms. Wellman at 410-263-7961 extension 7798 or tcw@annapolis.gov.

Notice Of Availability Of The City Of Annapolis Draft Consolidated Annual Performance And Evaluation Report For The Community Development Block Grant Program

Notice is hereby given that the City of Annapolis Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Local Fiscal Year 2020 is available for public review and comment.  The CAPER is required by HUD to identify federal resources received by the City of Annapolis between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, which were used to implement projects and programs to achieve the goals and objectives as outlined in the Consolidated Plan: FY 2016 – FY 2020.

The report includes a summary of available resources, accomplishments, and an evaluation of actions undertaken to achieve the Strategic Plan objectives, including the City’s efforts to provide affordable housing, address the needs of the homeless population and those with special needs, and affirmatively further fair housing.  This report also identifies how federal funds leveraged other resources and met program specific requirements for the CDBG Program.

The draft CAPER is accessible and available on the CITY website. Residents who are unable to access the draft CAPER electronically should contact tcw@annapolis.gov  to make alternate arrangements to view a printed copy  A summary of the draft CAPER will be made available in a format accessible to Limited English Persons (LEP) and persons with disabilities when given seven days notice.

Oral and written comments can be submitted by calling 410-263-7961 x 7798, emailing tcw@annapolis.gov, or mailing to Planning and Zoning Dept.145 Gorman St.3rd floor, Annapolis MD 21401.  Comments received by or before 4:30 p.m. November 8, 2020 will be considered and changes made, if such changes are deemed appropriate, prior to submitting the final plan to HUD.  A summary of all comments, with reasons provided for any comments not incorporated, will be included in the CAPER submitted to HUD.

Fair Housing

As an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Annapolis is required, in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to “affirmatively further fair housing.”  To show that the entitlement community is “affirmatively furthering fair housing,” it must conduct a fair housing analysis, which identifies any impediments to fair housing choice and the steps it will take to meet this requirement.  HUD advises communities that this Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) should also address “Visitability,” the Section 504 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the Fair Housing Act.

The HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Office is now advising Federal entitlement communities to update its Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice to coincide with its Five Year Consolidated Plan, and then every five (5) years thereafter.  In addition, each year the City, as part of its Annual Action Plan, must sign certifications that the City will affirmatively further fair housing.  Consequently, the City is currently working on its AI for FY 2020 to identify the appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any identified impediments.  The city must then maintain records reflecting what analysis and corrective actions were taken.

The City of Annapolis currently has a Fair Housing Law, which the Annapolis Human Relations Commission oversees and takes complaints. Learn more about fair housing rights in the City of Annapolis.

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