City To Discuss Community Development Block Grant Funding

Glendora City Hall

City Officials will discuss recommendations for allocation of funds from the Community Development Block Grant program this Tuesday.

Community Development Block Grant entitlement programs, offed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, are allocated to larger cities and urban counties to promote decent housing, suitable living environments and help expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income people.

Glendora will be allocated $246,604 for fiscal year 2015-2016 and approximately $30,000 of program income. Eligible projects include disposition of real property, construction and rehabilitation of certain public facilities, rehabilitation of public and private low and moderate-income housing and certain public services.

Staff set forth funding allocation recommendations based on what was determined to be “the limited amount of resources to the city” and the high level of priority needs:

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HUD determines each municipality’s grant level by measuring several factors, including the extent of poverty, population, possible overcrowding, age of housing and population growth lag compared to surrounding communities.

City Staff compiled and submitted its Annual Action Plan FY 2015-2016 as a requirement of the CDBG application process. The city is also required to adopt a 5-year Consolidation Plan, which outlines the goals and objectives of the grant program.

Affordable Housing:
Promote, preserve, and assist in the development of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents, special needs groups, those at- risk of homelessness, and disproportionately impacted residents.

The following priority needs and objectives were established:

  • Fair Housing
    Promote fair and equal housing choice for all persons, promote housing that is accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, and comply with the non-discrimination requirements of the various Fair Housing laws.
  • Infrastructure and Public Facilities
    Improve and expand infrastructure and public facilities that benefit low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and residents.
  • Economic and Human Development
    Provide for the economic development needs of low- and moderate- income persons and neighborhood target areas.
  • Administration and Planning
    Provide for administration and planning activities to develop housing and community development strategies and programs needed to carry out actions that address identified needs in the Consolidated Plan.

The CDBG will be discussed in more detail at the March 24 City Council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 116 E. Foothill Blvd.