Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The City of Blue Springs is in the process of developing the 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan which outlines the activities and projects that will be undertaken by the City with CDBG funds between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. The CDBG Advisory Committee will hold public hearings Public Notice on July 14th and August 6th for public input. Details on how to provide input/comment is included in the public notice. The City has received an annual allocation of $268,985 and will be re-allocating $92,970 in pre-2019 funds for a total program of $361,955.
Public service agencies and non-profit organizations may request CDBG funds by completing and submitting a Funding Assistance Request Application. Please note that this is a fillable PDF and can be saved or printed, signed, and emailed to Matt Wright, Acting Assistant Director, Community Development E-mail. Applications are due by 5 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2020 for review and consideration by the CDBG Advisory Committee.
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 contact Matt Wright, Senior Planner at (816) 220-4504 or e-mail email@example.com.