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Community Development Block Grant funding Applications Available

THE CITY OF LAKEWOOD IS ACCEPTING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FY 2009 (JULY 1, 2009 - JUNE 30, 2010) APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDING OF HOUSING, PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENT, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

Applications are due on or before 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2008.

For technical assistance or questions, contact the General Services Department CDBG office (253) 589-2489.

CDBG FY 2009 Funding Allocation Policy

GENERAL

  1. All programs and projects will be consistent with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) program regulations as applicable.

    CDBG projects must meet one of the three U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development national objectives: (a) benefiting low and moderate income persons, (b) removing slums or blights or (c) meeting an urgent need.

    HOME projects must provide housing or assist in housing for low-income persons.
  2. Priority consideration (not necessarily in the following order) will be given to projects which:
    1. Are consistent with the Consolidated Plan.
    2. Use CDBG and HOME funds to leverage funds from other sources.
    3. Demonstrate collaboration and cooperation with community residents and other community organizations that will improve service delivery and/or cost effectiveness.
    4. Promote or facilitate self-sufficiency.
  3. Can be implemented within twelve months.
  4. Do not require General Fund allocations for continuing operation and maintenance or which reduce current operation and maintenance costs. (Note: It is recognized, that to address community needs, some federal funded projects may require support from the General Fund for operation and maintenance costs, however, these projects must have a commitment from the General Fund prior to being recommended for federal funding.)
  5. CDBG funds will be set aside in the Contingency category to cover unanticipated cost overruns on projects, for use as matching funds for grants, or to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities during the program year. Funds in the Contingency category will not exceed five (5) percent of the total grant.
  6. A minimum of 15 percent of the total CDBG grant will be set aside for housing programs.
  7. Up to 15 percent of the total CDBG grant may be set aside of public service programs.
  8. The CDBG Citizens Advisory Board (CDBG/CAB) will review and make recommendations for the programming and reprogramming of CDBG and HOME funding.
  9. The CDBG/CAB will review funding proposals for CDBG and HOME projects and will recommend projects for CDBG and HOME funding from new and reprogrammed allocations.
  10. The CDBG/CAB will recommend annual funding policies and will recommend CDBG and HOME funding allocations by applicable categories (i.e. housing, community development (physical improvement), public service and economic development in the Annual Action Plan of the Consolidated Plan for consideration by the City Council.
  11. The Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) will review loan and grant applications for housing development projects funded by HOME Investment Partnership Act funds and make funding decisions based on projects meeting the lending criteria of the TCRA in accordance with the allocations to specific housing categories as approved by the Lakewood City Council.

PRIORITY 1 - HOUSING

The CDBG and HOME policy for housing is to improve neighborhoods by expanding opportunities for decent housing for lower-income individuals and by removing or rehabilitating blighted housing. Activities that support this policy in priority order include:
  1. Projects that conserve existing housing by making home repairs or rehabilitating homes to meet building and housing codes.
  2. Projects that provide affordable housing and homeownership and rental housing opportunities.
  3. Projects that support housing to accommodate persons with special needs.
  4. Projects that provide housing for homeless or transitional shelter for homeless persons.
  5. Projects that coordinate housing efforts in the city, county and neighboring jurisdictions to assess housing needs and create affordable housing opportunities.

PRIORITY 2 - PUBLIC SERVICE

The policy for human services activities is supported through the City’s General Fund. CDBG funds may be used to support public service activities targeted to low-income clientele.

PRIORITY 3 - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The policy for community development is to support neighborhood revitalization and improvements or to improve living conditions for lower income persons by the construction or improvement of community facilities or public improvements. Activities that support this policy include:

  1. Construction or improvement of public facilities (i.e. sewers, streets, sidewalks, alleys, lighting or related public improvements) in lower income residential neighborhoods.
  2. Construction or rehabilitation of public or privately-owned, community service facilities (i.e. community, senior and youth centers) that will provide a public service that benefit low-income citizens.
  3. Acquisition, development and improvement of parks, playgrounds and open space in low income residential neighborhoods.

PRIORITY 4 - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - (CDBG Only)

The policy for economic development is to support businesses and commercial property owners, in targeted low to moderate income areas, to make exterior improvements to their facilities and/or make their facilities ADA accessible. Priority will be given to projects that bring properties into conformance with City regulations. Special consideration will be given to multiple projects on contiguous properties.