The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides annual grants through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program on a formula basis to states, 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. Eligible activities include community facilities and improvements, housing rehabilitation and preservation, development activities, public services, economic development, planning, and administration.
The CDBG 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. The program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development:
Union County became an entitlement grantee in 2016 and began receiving an annual allocation of CDBG funds from HUD on July 1, 2016.
Union County residents may review the 2020 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The 15 day public comment period will begin on October 13, 2021 and will close on October 28, 2021.
Union County is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to submit the CAPER each year. This report provides residents with a summary of the annual accomplishments of the CDBG program, and the effect program activities have on low and moderate-income households.
Please submit comments by October 28, 2021 through one of the following:
The County is seeking input from the community on fair and affordable housing choice issues. The results from the survey will be used to develop and implement strategies and actions to address those issues. Individual responses from the survey will be confidential. The deadline for providing responses is January 31, 2022.
The survey and results are part of the County’s Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice. The AI is a process that recipients of HUD grant funds must undertake every five years as part of their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing under the Fair Housing Act, known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The Fair Housing Act guarantees protection from discrimination when renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities and prohibits discrimination in any real estate transaction based on disability, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, and family status.
Results from the previous AI process can be found here: Union County Analysis of Impediments
In order for Union County to receive CDBG entitlement funds, the County must prepare a five-year strategic plan that identifies housing and community needs, prioritizes these needs, identifies resources to address needs, and establishes annual goals and objectives to meet the identified needs. This plan is known as the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and outlines a strategy for the County to follow for the use of CDBG funding to achieve the goals of the CDBG program.
The Five-Year Consolidated Plan includes an Annual Action Plan for the first year of the consolidated plan. After the first program year, the consolidated plan is amended with an Annual Action Plan for each subsequent program year. The Annual Action Plan describes the funding levels and activities to be undertaken during the individual upcoming program year for the CDBG program to address the priority needs and objectives outlined in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan.
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report focuses on resources that were committed and expended during a specified period.
If you have questions, please email CDBG@unioncountync.gov