Community Development Block Grant Program

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

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) allocates funds to cities for their local community development projects.  The City of Annapolis distributes these funds to local organizations through the CDBG program, based on its goals and objectives outlined in its Five Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.  For the past 30 plus years, the City has used its CDBG funds to provide homeownership opportunities, housing rehabilitation services, and support for various human service activities.

Community Development Block Grant Program

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

The FY 2020 DRAFT Action Plan is available for review and comment by the public from April 22, 2019 through May 23, 2019.  The draft plan is available at the Community Development Office (third floor), Planning and Zoning Department, 145 Gorman Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 and the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, 1217 Madison Street, Annapolis.  Please contact Theresa Wellman, Community Development Administrator at 410-263-7961 ext. 7798, to obtain a copy or to submit comments.

The Housing and Community Development Committee will hold a public hearing to review the draft FY 2020 Action Plan on:

Date:         Tuesday May 8, 2019
Time:         7:00 p.m.
Location:  City Council Chambers
160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD. 

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 2018 Annual Action Plan.

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.  Please visit https://www.annapolis.gov/1398/Fair-Housing to learn more about fair housing rights in the City of Annapolis.

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