Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The City of Blue Springs, in collaboration with the Cities of Kansas City, MO; Independence, MO; Leavenworth, KS; and the County of Wyandotte County, KS are currently preparing a regional Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) to submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The City of Blue Springs, collaborating communities, and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) have been collecting data about the community’s current housing infrastructure, racially/ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, and disparities in access to opportunity. Based on data collected and feedback provided from the community, a draft of the AFH Plan has been completed and available for public review and comment. The draft AFH Plan contains 9 goals, including: 

  1. Increase awareness and increase resources that result in a reduction of discriminatory actions by landlords, realtors, lenders or others; and enable residents to recognize discrimination if it occurs and understand the resources available to them and how to access them so residents are able to meet their housing needs; 
  2. Increase access to affordable housing in opportunity areas; 
  3. Improve housing conditions and options for homeowners, particularly elderly homeowners, in older neighborhoods and communities; 
  4. Improve housing conditions and options for rental households in older neighborhoods and communities; 
  5. Increase the supply of affordable accessible housing, particularly around public transit centers and stops; 
  6. Increase access to economic opportunity for disadvantaged persons and families through quality education and workforce development services; 
  7. Increase access to community resources including healthy food for residents of older neighborhoods and communities; 
  8. Expand public transportation services, complete streets and related mobility services to connect residents in disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities to jobs and community services; and 
  9. Raise understanding and awareness by the public of the need for affordable housing throughout the region with the publication of quality data and metrics and targeted advocacy, and encourage the participation in positive dialogue about the development of quality housing options that add to the value of neighborhoods, and create an advocacy agenda around affordable housing and establish metrics to measure progress. 
Strategies to achieve each goal are included in the draft plan. Each strategy includes what actions need to be taken and an estimated start date for the action.

The City of Blue Springs is presenting the draft AFH Plan for public comment. The draft AFH Plan is available for a 30 day public comment period beginning Saturday, August 20, 2016 and ending on Monday, September 19, 2016. The purpose of the public comment period is to allow the public to review the plan and submit comments prior to the final AFH being submitted to the City Council for approval. 

The City shall consider the views of citizens, public agencies and other interested parties in preparing the final AFH and attach a summary of such comments as they relate to the plan. The final AFH will be sent to HUD on or before October 4, 2016.

For more information about the AFH or to view the draft plan, visit www.marc.org/fairhousing, or contact Matt Wright, Senior Planner, 816-220-4504. 

Overview of CDBG


The United States Congress reaffirmed the nation's primary housing goal "that every American family be able to afford a decent home in a suitable environment" through the passage of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.

Goals of the Act


This Act made substantive changes to the nation's approach to providing low and moderate income families with greater opportunities toward obtaining affordable housing. The 1990 Act listed the following goals to guide the various federal housing programs covered by the Act:
  • Ensure that every resident of the United States has access to decent shelter or assistance in avoiding homelessness
  • Increase the Nation's supply of decent housing that is affordable to low-income and moderate-income families and increase accessibility to job opportunities
  • Improve housing opportunities for all residents of the United States Help make neighborhoods safe and livable
  • Expand opportunities for home ownership
  • Provide every American community with a reliable, readily available supply of mortgage financing at the lowest possible interest rates
  • Encourage tenant empowerment and reduce generational poverty in federally assisted and public housing by improving the means by which self-sufficiency may be achieved

CDBG Funds & Blue Springs


Beginning in 2006, the City of Blue Springs qualified as an "Entitlement Community", which means it became entitled to receive CDBG funds. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards these entitlement funds. The CDBG program is administered by Community Development Department Staff. For more information please visit the HUD CDBG Program website.
 
For more information contact Matt Wright, Senior Planner at (816) 220-4504 or e-mail mwright@bluespringsgov.com.