On June 29, 2016 the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners voted to deny the 2016 federal block-grant action plan. Citing concerns with pending Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rules tied to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners voted to end a 13-year run as a CDBG entitlement community effective with the 2016 program year. This decision comes after years of fighting for Congressional action in Washington, D.C., as well as meeting with and submitting formal comments to HUD regarding what the Board of County Commissioners refer to as “unreasonable, unachievable, ill-conceived, rules attached to CDBG funding.”
The CDBG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and was created to improve the physical, economic and social conditions for low- and moderate-income residents or assist in low-income areas. Non-profits, governmental or quasi-governmental agencies are eligible to apply for grants that can be used for:
- Affordable housing development
- Public facilities improvements
- Economic development
- Public services
- Housing services
Any project or program funded with these federal dollars must meet specific eligibility criteria set by HUD, address local priorities and goals, and meet a national objective of the program. The national objectives of the CDBG program are to:
- Benefit low- to moderate-income persons;
- Prevent or eliminate slum and blight conditions; or
- Address an urgent community need.
Activities funded with this grant must meet one of the local objectives identified in the County’s 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan, which is the long-range planning document that identifies local priority needs and goals.
Interpreters or Special Accommodations:
Any information pertaining to the CDBG program can be translated into another language and every effort will be made to meet other special needs accommodations. To request an interpreter or special needs accommodations, please contact Tina Dill, in advance, at 303-814-4380. Persons in need of information for the hearing impaired may call the TTY number at 303-663-7791.
Intérpretes o alojamientos especiales:
Cualquier información referente al programa CDBG puede ser traducido a otro idioma y se hará todo lo posible para satisfacer otras necesidades especiales alojamientos. Para solicitar un intérprete o necesidades especiales de alojamiento, por favor póngase en contacto con Tina de eneldo, por adelantado, al 303-814-4380. Las personas que necesitan la información para las personas con problemas auditivos pueden llamar al número TTY al 303-663-7791.