Plans, Reports and Studies
The Plan focuses on the low- and moderate-income population by addressing their needs under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) three “umbrella” goals of affordable decent housing, a suitable living environment, including services, and expanded economic opportunities. The first Consolidated Plan Douglas County submitted to initiate CDBG funding is available as a reference. The new 2009-2013 Consolidated Plan is the document current applicants use to submit funding requests and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Board and staff use to make yearly recommendations for funding to the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners.
Housing Needs Assessment
The purpose of this Housing Needs Assessment is to expand the data, analysis, and knowledge of housing needs at the county, city, and joint-county level. Douglas and Arapahoe Counties commissioned this study to include a housing market and needs assessment, while serving as the foundation for the required component of the 2009-2013 Consolidated-Plan under the CDBG program regulations.
Annual Action Plan
The Annual Action Plan lists and describes the projects that the County proposes to fund during a specific year to address priority objectives identified in the Consolidated Plan. It also serves as Douglas County’s annual funding application for the CDBG program. The 2009 Annual Action Plan is included as part of the 2009-2013 Consolidated Plan.
Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice
The AI is a HUD mandated review of impediments to fair housing choice in the public and private sector. The AI is required by HUD in order for Douglas County to receive federal housing and CDBG funding.
Housing Nexus Study
Economic and Planning Systems (EPS) was retained by Douglas County to complete a Housing Nexus Study. This project included the following major components:
- Economic Profile: An assessment of employee recruitment and retention issues, the business community’s perspective on the issues, transportation costs and commuting;
- Housing Market Analysis: An assessment of ownership prices, rental rates, supply, affordability; and
- Nexus Study: An analysis that quantifies the connection and relationships between new housing development, the generation of new service sector jobs (and other selected industries), and the resulting demand for affordable housing.
The full study, completed on October 13, 2011, is available in the link below and includes a Table of Contents for easy access to specific data.
All applicants who are awarded CDBG funds must sign a contract (Subgrantee Agreement) with Douglas County outlining the federal regulations and local requirements associated with receiving and using the grant funds. A standard template is used for all contracts and the template is crafted to each specific Subgrantee’s project or program. The following is a copy of the SubGrantee Agreement (template):
Subgrantee Required Reports and Documents
Some forms and reports have been revised for the subgrantee’s specific project. Please contact Melanie Grothe at 303-814-4326.
Additional Subgrantee Materials
As a sub-recipient of federal funds, Douglas County has developed this Language Assistance Plan (LAP) to ensure compliance with federal regulations. It includes an assessment of the limited English proficiency (LEP) needs of our area, an explanation of the steps we are currently taking to address these needs, and the steps we plan to take in the future to ensure meaningful access to federally funded programs by persons with LEP.
A workshop for Subgrantees who manage the day-to-day activities of CDBG grants awarded by Douglas County is offered on an annual basis. The Project Manager Training Manual is a desk reference designed to provide technical assistance for project managers by providing them with an overview of the CDBG program, as well as providing pertinent information regarding the requirements to successfully complete CDBG projects.
CDBG funds are primarily to assist the low- and moderate-income population. A demographics profile has been prepared to assist you in understanding the at-risk population. The Community Planning and Sustainable Department prepares comprehensive demographic reports for many aspects of County life.
CDBG Summer Newsletter
Visit www.dctransitsolutions.com for transportation resources in Douglas County or contact Transit Mobility Program Manager Matthew Helfant at 303-660-7460.