Greene County Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Greene County Government, Pennsylvania
Community Development Block Grant Program County of Greene, Pennsylvania
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is an ongoing federal program which provides support to low and moderate income neighborhoods. Under this program, eligible community groups can receive grants for a wide range of projects which address housing, economic and human service needs of low and moderate income residents and neighborhoods.
About Us the Community Development Block Grant Program:
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is an entitlement funding from HUD for the purpose of promoting community revitalization throughtout Greene County.
The CDBG Program was created by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended(42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.) The CDBG Program was the distillation of several former categorical grants that were administered by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under the Act, the funding was divided into two categories:
Metro or Entitlement - Metropolitan cities having a population of at least 50,000 persons or counties (designated Urban Counties) that had an aggregate participating population of 200,000 or more.
Small Cities - Cities that are not metropolitan cities that meet certain criteria and are not participating in an Urban County CDBG Program. In Pennsylvania, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) administers the Small Cities Program. In Greene County, there are nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn municipalities that have, by HUD definition, "Opted-Out" of the Greene County CDBG Entitlement Program. These municipalities are:
We strive to improve the quality of life in the County of Greene through the encouragement of community participation, the effective administration of programs, efficient allocation of resources, judicious enforcement of regulations and sound planning practices. Responsible for functions that guide development and planning activities, such as:
Reviewing proposed development activity to determine compliance with the county regulations for land development, subdividions, historic preservation, and zoning
Enforcing Zoning and Historic Preservation Ordiances, as well as enforcement of state and local building codes through inspection and approval of new construction with the County
Enforcing Property Maintenance Codes and conducting inspections and issuing permits for rental housing, as well as conducting health inspections and issuing permits for food service businesses, conducting health and safety inspections when a property is sold and responding to citizen complaints regarding property ;maintenance and health issues
Administering the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), xxxxx, and xxxxx Programs. Activities funded by these programs with the County include a variety of infrastructure improvements, economic development initiatives, homelessness prevention services and housing and planning activities
Development and implementing the County of Greene's Housing and Economic Development as outlined by the respective strategies.
In Pennsylvania, CDBG funds may be utilized to address construction or renovation of various infrastructure projects such as water, wastewater and solid waste facilities, streets, and flood control projects; construction or improvements of a range of community facilities such as senior, health and social services centers; expansion of public services to serve low-income persons; creation of new jobs through small business loans or infrastructure improvements; and various affordable housing projects including home reconstruction, rehabilitation or repair programs.
Our three county commissioners are the final approval authority for the block grants. Following are the CDBG Management Board members:
Chief Elected Official: Blair Zimmerman, County Commissioner
Fair Housing Officer: Karen Bennett, Human Services Administrator
Program Manager: Crystal Simmons, CDBG Program Manager
Labor Standards Officer: Crystal Simmons, CDBG Program Manager
IDIS Administrator: Rich Davis, Housing Specialist, Economic Development
CDBG Appropriation Formula:
The annual CDBG Appropriation is allocated to each entitlement predicated upon a formula which works, basically, as follows: There are three criteria for distribution of funds:
Total population of the community (in this case Greene County and the population is based on the participating municipalities; Opt-Out community population is not part of the formula);
Total population that has incomes below specified levels;
The number of pre-1940 housing units located in the community (the number of housing units constructed prior to the year 1940) and this criteria is a proxy for an indication of poverty. The Greene County Department of Economic Development has been distributing CDBG funds to the participating municipalities in the program utilizing the same formula system that HUD uses to distribute funds to entitlements with one exception and that is that each municipality will receive, at a minimum, $15,000 per allocation period or three year cycle.
These three year cycles coincide with the HUD three year certification of Urban County Eligibility. According to the statute Urban Counties must be recertified every three years as to their meeting the criteria for participation in the CDBG Program. In order to determine the activities that the participating municipalities would like to have funded in the three year cycle, the WCDPD staff visits each participating municipality during the summer preceding the beginning of the next three year cycle. These site visits consist of consultation with the elected officials and the appointed staff. An overview of the CDBG Program and the municipality’s prospective projects are reviewed and any changes in the program rules and regulations are discussed.
Each CDBG Entitlement Program has a designated program year. The program year for the Greene County CDBG Entitlement Program begins xxxxxxxx and ends xxxxxxxxx of the following calendar year. The CDBG yearly Annual Plan is submitted in xxxxxxxxxxxx to HUD. The Annual Plan is a reflection of a yearly program to meet the needs designated in the Five (5) Year Consolidated Plan.
After the CDBG Annual Plan is submitted to HUD it is subject to examination by HUD to determine whether the activities programmed are appropriate because of the nature and severity of the needs of low and moderate income persons in relation to general needs of the community. HUD has placed the responsibility on Greene County for ensuring that each activity carried out with CDBG funds is eligible and meets the required statutory requirements.
Not less than 70 percent of the CDBG assistance expended during a program year shall be used for activities that benefit low and moderate income persons. This is a statutory requirement and a violation of this requirement could lead HUD to make a determination that the grantee does not have sufficient administrative capacity to operate a CDBG Program. Not more than 20 percent of CDBG assistance received can be utilized for the administrative costs of the program.
Environmental Impact on CDBG projects: Federal law requires that the environmental impact of every CDBG project be evaluated and proven to have no adverse effect. Any detected adverse effects must be addressed or eliminated prior to undertaking the project.
Building & Trades Code Enforcement
Business Services & Economic Development
Housing & Community Development
Planning & Land Development
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)? The Community Development Block Grant is a federally funded grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), aimed to assist low to moderate-income communities in community development projects. Every year, each city with more than 50,000 people and each county with a population with more than 200,000 automatically receive this funding from the federal government.
What type of programs and projects are eligible for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds? CDBG funds can be used for a wide range of activities such as housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, acquisition of real property, demolition, infrastructure and public facility improvements, economic development, and social services. The primary eligibility requirement for any such activity to be funded is that the project or program principally benefits low and moderate-income persons in designated census tracts. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines low and moderate income as a household that is at or below 80% of the median income for the area. These income guidelines are adjusted annually.
How does HUD decide how much funding we will receive? HUD calculates our funding percentage each year using census data with a formula that takes into account our total population, the number of persons in poverty and the number of housing units with more than one person per room (overcrowding). Our funding amount is further impacted by the number of new “entitlements” and the funding at the national level. As more communities are authorized to receive funding, everyone’s slice of the funding pie decreases.
What activities generally cannot be funded using CDBG funds?
Assistance for buildings or portions of buildings used for the general conduct of government.
General local government operating and maintenance expenses.
Partisan political purposes, including voting registration.
Equipment purchases (exceptions apply to fire protection equipment).
New housing construction.
What is the CDBG Entitlement Program? The Hud Exchange provides a CDBG Entitlement Program providing annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq. >> click HERE for additional information.
Generally, almost any type of community development activity is eligible under the CDBG Program. As a general rule, the following activities are ineligible:
Buildings or portions thereof that are used for the general conduct of government, i.e. municipal buildings, garages, storage, etc.
General government expenses. Expenses that are required to carry out the regular responsibilities of a unit of government.
Purchase of equipment.
Generally, the cost of operations and maintenance is ineligible.
Certain types of new housing construction.
Greene County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Greene County Office Building (2nd flor), 93 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 724-852-5260 / Fax: 724-852-5372
County of Greene, Pennsylvania
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