Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The City receives approximately $600,000 in CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of HUD annually which it allocates through an application process. Requests for CDBG funding typically total approximately two times the amount available each year. This means that is impossible to fund all proposals in a given year, particularly in categories with funding caps.
CDBG Funding Categories
There are three major funding categories for the CDBG program.
This category is allocated a maximum of 15% of annual City of Napa allocation, plus 15% of the program income for the previous fiscal year. These funds can be used to carry out programs that enhance public services in areas such as housing, food, health, safety, and education. Examples of projects that have received previous funding include: dental care for children, emergency shelter services, and senior support services.
Planning and Administration
This category is allocated a maximum of 20% of the annual allocation, plus 20% of the estimated program income for the fiscal year. These funds are utilized for City of Napa CDBG Program administration.
Community Development Improvements
This category receives the remainder of the annual allocation and any reprogrammed funds from the prior program years. There is no maximum funding cap in this category. These funds can be utilized for physical improvement projects, housing rehabilitation, property acquisition, and economic development activities that will either further the City's effort to prevent slums and blight or serve low-and moderate-income residents.
For a project to be considered eligible for CDBG funds in any of the funding categories, it must meet the following criteria:
- Meet one or more National Community Development Objectives
- Meet one or more Local Community Objectives
- Be physically located within Napa City limits or serve City of Napa residents
All funds will be allocated in accordance with federal guidelines to principally benefit low and moderate income persons residing in the City of Napa in accordance with priorities identified in the City’s Consolidated Plan. The City’s Consolidated Plan currently anticipates funding the following priorities with CDBG funds:
- Housing rehabilitation
- Emergency shelter services
- Outreach/referral for Latino/Hispanic residents
- Fair housing activities
- Services for children aging out of foster care
- Non-profit capital improvement projects
- In-fill sidewalks in low-income neighborhoods
For each program year, the City adopts an Annual Action Plan. This Plan describes the actions, activities, and resources anticipated to be carried out to address these priorities. Then, at the end of each program year, the City prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report, which describes accomplishments and progress made towards the Consolidated Plan’s goals during the year.