Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
- Updated on Thursday, April 17, 2014 April 17, 2014
The Albany City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7:15 p.m. to consider the following plans as required by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
- Draft FY 14-15 Action Plan – will guide CDBG program funding for next fiscal year;
- FY 13-14 Action Plan, Revisions – amendments to specify funding for public services and homeless housing programs;
- Draft Albany Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Fair Housing Plan; and
- Albany CDBG Citizen Participation Plan.
The hearing will be in the City Council Chambers, Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. Additional hearings may be scheduled.
The City is also accepting citizen views or ideas about community development needs, and needs of Albany’s special needs and low-income residents that could be assisted with CDBG funding, and on the City’s past performance of CDBG programs.
Fair Housing Survey and Input
Consolidated Plan and Action Plan
Community Development Department staff in consultation with the public and area agencies has prepared a five-year Consolidated Plan to cover the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs for the fiscal years 2013 through 2017. A one-year Annual Action Plan covering FY 13-14 was adopted to guide the City’s investment of funding during the first fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013. Program areas relate to the following three goals of the CDBG program:
- Decent housing – retaining and increasing the affordable housing stock, housing rehabilitation and energy conservation, homeless prevention and support;
- A suitable living environment – eliminating blighting influences and deterioration of property and facilities; improving the safety and livability of low and moderate income neighborhoods; and
- Expanded economic opportunities – job creation and retention.
The Plans are available for viewing here:
- Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2013 Through 2017
- Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2013-2014
CDBG Background Info
After the City of Albany’s population passed 50,000, the City received notice from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that we were eligible to receive Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) as an Entitlement community.
The City Council agreed to accept the CDBG Entitlement status and will begin receiving annual grants on a formula basis to develop programs that promote decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
For more information about the City of Albany’s CDBG programs and planning process, please contact:
Anne Catlin, Lead Long Range Planner, AICP
Community Development Dept.; 333 Broadalbin St SW, Albany, OR 97321
Links to Housing & Community Development Resources
- CDBG Subrecipient Manual, Playing by the Rules (pdf)
- 24 CFR 570 Subpart C Eligible Activities http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=cb14e1c8f4621e1aed40a4cf3b98c142&node=24:126.96.36.199.4.3&rgn=div6
- 24 CFR 570 Subpart J Program Administration http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=cb14e1c8f4621e1aed40a4cf3b98c142&node=24:188.8.131.52.4.10&rgn=div6
- 24 CFR 570 Subpart K Other Federal Requirements http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=cb14e1c8f4621e1aed40a4cf3b98c142&node=24:184.108.40.206.4.11&rgn=div6
- OMB Circulars http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_index-ffm/
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is your first stop to answering your questions related to fair housing laws. They provide fair housing technical assistance, services and respond to questions and complaints having to do with housing discrimination related to federal, state and local laws. If you feel that you have been discriminated against in seeking or maintaining housing, please contact the FHCO at 1-800-424-3247, or visit their website at www.fhco.org. . Publications are available in Spanish and they have staff that can speak Spanish over the phone. (Las publicaciones están disponibles en español y tienen personal que habla español a través del teléfono.)
HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) webpage contains information to help you if you feel you have experienced housing discrimination.
Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) The Civil Rights Division of the Bureau of Labor and Industries enforces Oregon´s civil rights laws. These laws ban discrimination against individuals because of characteristics that make them part of a protected class. Anyone claiming to have been discriminated against at work, in a place where the public is served such as a restaurant or a hotel, when buying or renting housing or when applying for or attending a career school can file a complaint with the BOLI´s Civil Rights Division.
Community Development Government and Non-Profit Agencies
Albany Area Habitat for Humanity is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We coordinate all aspects of fundraising; site selection; partner family selection and support; and mortgage servicing from our local community. We’re a licensed, bonded and insured General Contractor with two licensed General Contractors on staff.
The Albany Partnership for Housing and Community Development is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that develops and offers 133 affordable housing units for households who cannot compete for market rate shelter and they have permanent supportive housing units to help people transition out of homelessness. In its housing development activities, the organization fosters public and private sector partnerships and works to enhance the community’s economic base.
Commmunity Services Consortium (CSC). CSC is the area’s state-designated community action agency, CSC offers a number of services in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. These services focus on essential day-to-day survival, such as food and housing, as well as developing new skills that lead to independence through education, training, and work. Whether you need help keeping the heat on today or want help planning for your career of tomorrow, CSC is here to help. Here is a direct link to CSC’s housing assistance programs.
- Housing Rehabilitation No Interest Loan for Home Owners
- Weatherization Assistance Grants
- Utility Assistance
Linn Benton Housing Authority is the largest provider of affordable housing opportunities in the area, serving over 2,600 families, and annually paying over $14 million in rental subsidies directly to area landlords.
Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG) helps communities collaborate to solve problems and connects member governments, businesses and individuals with a wide array of resources including the following:
Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services (WNHS) - is a non-profit developers and owners of affordable housing for low income families and individuals. They also offer the following services and programs.
- Foreclosure Prevention Services Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services staff offer free help to those struggling to pay their mortgages.
- Neighborworks Home Ownership Center - WNHS has homebuyer programs that make the process easier and more rewarding for you and your family to purchase, maintain, and keep your home. WNHS is also part of HomeSmart Oregon.
Other Helpful Resources
211 Linn County Assistance Network is a full range of community resources for Linn County including a wide range of housing related issues.
Home Improvements from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD programs and links to other related sites.
Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control – lead paint information and other great resources from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Also visit Albany’s Lead Paint Information website with links and LeadFreeKids. The Lead-Free Kids campaign is joint effort of the Ad Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of lead hazards and alert the public - especially parents and caregivers of children under six - to lead prevention resources.
Jackson Street Youth Shelter - Temporary shelter, crisis intervention, and services for troubled, victimized, runaway and homeless youth. The Cornerstone Youth Outreach Center-is located at 960 Queen Avenue SW (at Elm Street).
Oregon Homeowner Support is designed to help Oregonians find resources and information to prevent or recover from foreclosure. The website includes a Find a Counselor search feature videos about foreclosure assistance and counseling, and links to foreclosure information and assistance programs in Oregon.
Oregon Law Help offers free legal information for low-income Oregonians.
OSU Agricultural Extension Service site provides useful local contact information for their many programs including classes and information on nutrition, food safety, financial management, home economics, leadership, family issues and homemakers educational program.
Small Business Development Center at Linn Benton Community College, offering microenterprise assistance, job and skills training services, and technical assistance to businesses.
Top 50 Rental Law Blogs and Articles - A good informational resource for current and prospective renters. Presented by RentersInsurance.org.
Oregon Housing and Community Services Community Resources Division (CRD) provides state and federal grant funds to private, public and non-governmental agencies to develop, direct and administer programs focused on improving the housing, living standards and self-sufficiency of low-income Oregonians. OHCS works in partnership with local Community Action Agency Centers and Food Banks to help low-income Oregonians.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Owning a Home site features lots of information on buying a home, HUD homes for sale, home improvements, refinancing, housing counseling, housing options for senior citizens, and keeping your home during financial crises.
HUD Home Page features information on owning, buying, renting, homelessness, complaints, handbooks, forms, and much more.
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