The City of Albany became a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community in 2013, and receives an annual formula grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the CDBG program funds is to create viable urban communities through decent housing and suitable living environments, by removing blighted conditions, and expanding economic opportunities. CDBG funds can be used to implement a wide variety of community and economic development eligible activities, to principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
The CDBG program provides the City with an essential funding source to financially support a variety of programs and projects including those described below. Activities funded through the CDBG program must address the priority needs, goals, objectives and strategies identified through the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans.
Available Programs in Albany
Zero-interest deferred-payment loans up to $35,000 for housing rehabilitation are available to Low- and moderate-income Albany homeowners. DevNW staff oversees the entire project and pays contractors directly. Learn more...
FREE weatherization services and associated repairs are available to low- and moderate-income Albany homeowners from Community Services Consortium (CSC). Inspectors assess the home for energy improvements and eligibility, and work with you and your contractor to improve the livability of your home. Learn more...
Down payment assistance loans up to $10,000 are available from DevNW's Extra Step Loan program to help low-mod income Albany residents become homeowners. Learn more...
Grants and Resources
- Small Business Grant Brochure (English PDF / Spanish PDF)
- Small Business Grant Application (English PDF / Spanish PDF)
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Capital Improvement Projects
CDBG funds can be used to remove blighting influences in neighborhoods and improve or provide city facilities or infrastructure in eligible low-income neighborhoods, improve accessibility for disabled persons, and acquire sites and to develop infrastructure for low-income housing development projects. To date, CDBG funds were used to remodel Sunrise Park and add parking and lighting, add infill sidewalks along 19th Avenue SE from Main to Sunrise Elementary School, add curb ramps along the Dave Clark Path, and replace a failing section of Periwinkle Path north of Queen Avenue.
Federally-protected classes include:
race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status and disability.
Oregon-protected classes include:
marital status, source of income, sexual orientation including gender identity, and domestic violence victims.
What does housing discrimination look like?
View this brochure to learn more about what housing discrimination looks like (English/Spanish).
What can I do if I think I'm facing housing discrimination?
If you think you have faced discrimination, or if you would like more information about your rights, please visit the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) website or call the hotline, 1-800-5424-3247, ext 2.
Brochures in numerous languages are available for download and staff can respond to questions and complaints having to do with housing discrimination related to federal, state and local laws. 1-800-424-3247. Las publicaciones están disponibles en español y tienen personal que habla español a través del teléfono.
You have one year to file a complaint with the government, and two years to file a lawsuit in federal or state court.
What can I do to help my case?
- Gather as much information as you can to give to Fair Housing Council staff when you call the Fair Housing Hotline at (800) 424-3247 ext. 2.
- Write down the details of what happened, including dates, times, who was involved, as well as the names of possible witnesses.
- Keep an ongoing log of events.
- Save any written materials that relate to your case.
What does the City of Albany do?
Albany works to further fair housing within the City. Albany's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Fair Housing Plan outline the City's findings regarding fair housing issues identified within the city and steps that will be taken to reduce or remove impediments to fair housing.
- HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) website contains information to help you if you feel you have experienced housing discrimination.
- Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) - BOLI 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.