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Community Planning and Grants Management

HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

HOME provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use-often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1180 general units of local government and States.

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.

The annual CDBG appropriation is allocated between States and local jurisdictions called "non-entitlement" and "entitlement" communities respectively. Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities). States distribute CDBG funds to non-entitlement localities not qualified as entitlement communities.

HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.

To review the FFY2014 Annual Action Plan - click here.  It was approved July 17, 2014.

 

FFY13 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER)

The CAPER is the annual report provided to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) describing Howard County’s operation of federally-funded programs as planned earlier in the 2013-14 Annual Action Plan. The CAPER covers community and economic development activities conducted in the County with federal funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs.  Click here to view the FFY13 CAPER.