The 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 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
Over a 1, 2, or 3-year period, as selected by the grantee, not less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. In addition, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.
The following are the CDBG activities/organizations that the City of Elyria funded for Program Year 2016:
- Administration and Planning
- Fair Housing
- CDBG Emergency Home Repair
- Target Area Code Enforcement through the Building Department
- Public Facilities and Improvements
- Economic Development RLF
- Youth Recreational Activities through Neighborhood Alliance
- Youth Recreational Activities through the Parks and Recreation Department
- Senior Citizen Activities through the Parks and Recreation Department
- Youth Recreational Activities through the Boys & Girls Club
- After School Literacy & Senior Programs through Adopt-A-School Initiative
- Employment Services through Lorain County Urban League
The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for the City of Elyria, Ohio, outlines the City’s proposed course of action over the next five years to address housing and community development needs. The five-year strategy has been developed to achieve the following statutory goals, primarily for moderate, low and extremely low-income residents.
Consolitated Annual Performance & Evalution Reports:
Current Emergency Home Repair projects can be viewed in the Office of Community Development.
CDBG FY14 Proposed Substantial Amendment– Approved by HUD on March 17, 2015
CDBG Fy14 Proposed Substantial Amendment #2– Approved by HUD on June 19, 2015