Community Development Block Grant

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Coeur d'Alene's CDBG COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) CARES Act funding
 
The City of Coeur d’Alene was notified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on April 2, 2020 that $199,675 of FY20 CDBG COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) funding will be allocated to our community as part of the CARES Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  The money will be distributed through the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) program and will be available to local organizations with urgent needs as a result of COVID-19 and prioritize the unique needs of low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons.

The following graphic shows the total allocation of CDBG-CV funds and the funding distribution and grant awards to date.  There is still $140,053 available to respond to assist organizations providing services to LMI community members to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.  

For more information, contact Chelsea Nesbit at (208) 769-2382 or cnesbit@cdaid.org.
 

Cares Act Funds
 
Amendments to Coeur d’Alene’s CDBG Citizen Participation Plan and
PY2019 Annual Action Plan to address CDBG COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) funding

Amendments at a Glance:
 
2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN AMENDMENTS
  • The approved 2019 AAP has been amended to reflect the $199, 675 in FY20 CDBG-CV funds.
  • The tables in the amended 2019 AAP reflect the combined total amount of $529,490. This includes the original 2019 CDBG allocation from HUD of $329,815 and the new FY20 CBDG-CV allocation of $199,675.
  • The proposed amendments to the document are indicated with underlined text. Specific updates are noted below by section and page number.
    • AP-05 Executive Summary: the summary of Citizen Participation was updated (See page 4).
    • AP-10 Consultation: text was added about contacting the stakeholder list about CDBG-CV funds and information about the public hearing on May 5, 2020. (See Pages 8, 9, 15 and 16)
    • AP-12 Participation: a note was added about following HUD’s guidance for the 2019 AAP amendment to receive the CDBG-CV funds, and item 7 Public Hearing was added to Table 4 regarding the hearing on May 5, 2020 (See pages 17 and 26)
    • AP-15 Expected Resources: text was added about the CBDG-CV funds, dollar amounts were updated to include the 2019 allocation plus the new allocation of CBDG-CV funds, and text was added regarding the use of ESG funds and local grants to help leverage the CDBG-CV funds. (See pages 27-32)
    • AP-35 Projects: text was added about the $199,675 in CDBG-CV funds and how it will be distributed between Administration costs (maximum of 20%) and Community Opportunity Grants under the Public Services category through an informal process. (See pages 34 and 35)
    • AP-38 Project Summary: the information and timelines were updated to reflect the CDBG-CV funds and the current projects under the 2019 allocation. (See pages 37-40)
    • AP-65 Homeless and AP-85 Other Actions: notes were added that CDBG-CV funds could be used to support urgent needs in response to COVID-19. (See pages 48 and 53)
 
CDBG CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN AMENDMENTS
  • The plan has been amended to reflect HUD Waivers 8 and 9 under the “Public Meetings,” “Location,” and “Public Comment” sections as indicated with underlined text.
  • Under Public Meetings” and “Public Comment,” the text reflects HUD waiving the 15 and 30-day minimums for the public comments and allows for no less than five days during the emergency period. (See pages 3 and 4)
  • Under “Location” of public meetings, the waiver allows for the use of virtual meetings in an effort to contain COVID-19 and limit public gatherings. (See page 4)
  • The full text of HUD’s Waivers 8 and 9 are provided as attachments.
 
The City was directed by HUD to amend the approved 2019 Annual Action Plan to reflect the allocation of CDBG-CV funds and to show how the money will be spent.  The City was also directed to amend the Citizen Participation Plan to reflect two waivers from HUD that allow for a shortened 5-day comment period and alternative hearing formats (e.g., virtual meetings) due to the urgent nature of COVID-19.
 
The amended documents have been posted online (see links below).
 
 
 
The amended draft Annual Action Plan for PY2019 and the amended Citizen Participation Plan will be available for review and comment for a period of 14 days from April 21, 2020 to May 5, 2020.
 

Opportunities for Public Comment:
  • Written comments will be accepted beginning April 21, 2020 through May 4, 2020 at 5:00pm by emailing cnesbit@cdaid.org
  • A public hearing will be held virtually using Zoom at the regular meeting of the City Council on May 5, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. to consider any and all public comments on the amended 2019 Annual Action Plan and the Citizen Participation Plan. 
  • Verbal comments will be accepted at the public hearing on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. through the following link:  https://zoom.us/s/94769910634  (Password:  522103) 
 
For more information, contact Chelsea Nesbit at (208) 769-2382 or cnesbit@cdaid.org.
 
 
Additional Information:
 
The FY20 CDBG-CV funds must be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and must meet HUD eligible activities (see list below).  Following the list of eligible activities is a table with a side-by-side comparison and combined total of 2019 CDBG funds and FY20 CDBG-CV funds.  The official letter from HUD notifying Coeur d'Alene of the CDBG-CV allocation is also provided below for reference.
 
ELIGIBLE PROJECTS TO RECEIVE CDBG-CV FUNDS IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

- Buildings and Improvements, including public facilities

  • Construct a facility for testing, diagnosis, or treatment
  • Rehabilitate a community facility to establish an infectious disease treatment clinic
  • Acquire and rehabilitate, or construct, a group living facility that may be used to centralize patients undergoing treatment
  • Rehabilitate a commercial building or closed school building to establish an infectious disease treatment clinic
  • Acquire, or quickly rehabilitate (if necessary), a motel or hotel building to expand capacity of hospitals to accommodate isolation of patients during recovery
  • Make interim improvements to private properties to enable an individual patient to remain quarantined on a temporary basis

- Assistance to Businesses, including Special Economic Development Assistance

  • Provide grants or loans to support new businesses or business expansion to create jobs and manufacture medical supplies necessary to respond to infectious disease
  • Avoid job loss caused by business closures related to social distancing by providing short-term working capital assistance to small businesses to enable retention of jobs held by low- and moderate-income persons
  • Provide technical assistance, grants, loans, and other financial assistance to establish, stabilize, and expand microenterprises that provide medical, food delivery, cleaning, and other services to support home health and quarantine

- Public Services

  • Carry out job training to expand the pool of health care workers and technicians that are available to treat disease within a community
  • Provide testing, diagnosis or other services at a fixed or mobile location
  • Increase the capacity and availability of targeted health services for infectious disease response within existing health facilities
  • Provide equipment, supplies, and materials necessary to carry-out a public service
  • Deliver meals on wheels to quarantined individuals or individuals that need to maintain social distancing due to medical vulnerabilities

- Grants or revolving loan funds for small and medium enterprises
- Supporting community non-profits performing essential services
- Workforce development and training services for displaced workers
- Retrofitting community facilities for medical or quarantine uses
- Supporting food and other essential supply deliveries to elderly or other vulnerable populations
- Supporting various interrupted or at-risk core governmental functions (see note below)
- All other CDBG eligible activities that are exacerbated by COVID-19 (e.g., homeless shelters)
- Reimbursement costs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus incurred by a State or locality, regardless of the date on which such costs were incurred, when those costs comply with CDBG requirements.

Comparison of 2019 CDBG Funds and FY20 CDBG-CV Funds, and Combined Funds in Amended PY2019 AAP

 

HUD CDBG-CV CARES Act Award Letter 4-2-20





Important:
New Program Aimed At Helping Renters


Dear Partners,

Idaho Housing and Finance Association is happy to announce the launch of a Housing Preservation Program dedicated to helping renters and landlords who have been affected by COVID-19. This program will provide assistance to those unable to pay past-due or upcoming rent or utilities as a result of COVID-19 events (primarily loss of income).

Information regarding this program can be accessed on Idaho Housing’s special COVID-19 website under the “Housing Preservation Program for renters and landlords” tab.

Renters may submit requests for assistance through our online application or by calling 1-855-452-0801. Property owners, managers, and advocates can submit requests on a renter’s behalf.

Because of limited funding at the launch of this program, promotion of Housing Preservation funds will be limited. We hope to expand the awareness of the program as additional funding is secured.


Sincerely,

Idaho Housing and Finance Association




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City of Coeur d'Alene

Entitlement Recipient of the

Community Development Block Grant
from the
Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD)



The City of Coeur d'Alene’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program receives an average of $300,000.00 each year. Please refer to CDBG History page for current and past year planning documents to find specific information on projects and funding.

Looking for COVID-19 Relief Information and Community Resources, visit CDAcovid.com

Looking for past year planning documents? Please refer to the City's CDBG History tab.
Looking for Community Opportunity Grant information? Please refer to the City's Grant tab.


Staff Contact:
Chelsea Nesbit
CDBG Community Development Specialist
710 E. Mullan Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
cnesbit@cdaid.org
(208) 769-2382

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The draft 2020 Annual Action Plan is posted here for public review. A copy of this draft plan can be obtained in hard copy by request at City Hall.  A Public Hearing was held on February 4, 2020 at the Coeur d'Alene Library Community Room, 6 p.m. We are currently awaiting our final allocation from HUD. Once the plan is finalized, it will be posted on this website. 
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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds local community development activities in order to benefit low to moderate-income residents and neighborhoods. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.

The City of Coeur d'Alene
began receiving a direct allocation of (CDBG) funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2008. These funds have been utilized to improve the lives of Coeur d’Alene residents in a variety of ways, including the following: installation of ADA curb cuts, providing emergency minor home repairs, applying ADA accessibility improvements in homes and around town, and granting modest funding allotments to community organizations.

It is important to note that CDBG
funds are purposed to benefit low-to-moderate income persons or households and provide benefit for struggling community locales. As a federal program, this program does have strict eligibility requirements, including the National Objectives listed below:

  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight; or
  • Benefit to low and moderate-income persons;
  • Meet a certain community development need having a particular urgency.


Basic CDBG Process:

The City determines projects for funding under the grant through a combination of formal and informal processes:

  1. For each year's funding allocation, City Staff identifies projects that would meet goals established in the City's Five-year Consolidated Plan. Those projects are proposed in the City's Annual Action Plan and are presented to the public for review and comment as part of its required and robust citizen participation process.
  2. The City makes available a predetermined amount of grant funding to be awarded through a competitive process. Applications are solicited from the community and reviewed by an ad hoc Committee who makes recommendations to the City Council for final approval.
  3. The City accepts, reviews, and considers requests for funding from community members, organizations, developers, businesses, et al regarding the priorities set forth in the Consolidated Plan. The City has an open door policy regarding discussion of large projects and determination of the priority of funding.
The City of Coeur d'Alene has a consolidated plan that will be updated every 5 years, which outlines the needs for the community and establishes goals and benchmarks for the program. Additionally, an annual action plan will be prepared each year, illustrating what projects/programs will be funded each year.
The City has prepared a robust citizen participation plan which outlines public comment periods and methods for amending the 5-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. This City asks Coeur d’Alene residents to please participate and attend public forums and public hearings. The City depends on public feedback and engagement to ensure that these community dollars hit the mark on community needs.

On this webpage you will find links to the above-noted documents, as well as additional useful information. The City has an in-house Community Development Specialist, Chelsea Nesbit, on staff to administer its CDBG Grant. Chelsea is available by appointment, to answer questions, deliver application help and review, as well as to provide one-on-one technical assistance to applicants regarding funding proposals and eligibility requirements.

Staff Contact Information:

Chelsea Nesbit

CDBG Community Development Specialist
710 E. Mullan Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
cnesbit@cdaid.org
(208) 769-2382

 



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