Community Development Block Grants
Mayor Duggan and the Detroit City Council are pleased to present the City of Detroit’s 2014/15 annual Action Plan. The Plan reflects an ambitious new agenda to revitalize Detroit neighborhoods, create jobs and economic opportunity for Detroit residents and deliver public services that improve quality of life. Our highest aspirations for the City can only be achieved through the strategic investment of our limited resources. The initiatives set forth in this plan are intended to strategically target dollars to achieve higher impact and utilize HUD funds to significantly leverage private investments. The plan integrates best practices, data analysis and innovative approaches to community development to realize transformational change and long-term sustainability of Detroit neighborhoods.
The 2014-2015 Action Plan represents the final year of a five-year Consolidated Plan period for the major HUD formula programs. The annual HUD allocation is as follows:
• $33.6 million - Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
• $7.2 million - HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
• $2.7 million - Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
• $2.0 million - Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
The Action Plan describes the activities, projects, and programs that will take place during the next year to address the priority needs and specific objectives identified in the 2012-2015 Consolidated Plan. The strategic plan is aligned with goals and objectives within the City of Detroit's 2009 Revised Master Plan of Policies, the Detroit Future City Framework, the 2012-2014 Capital Agenda, the City of Detroit's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Detroit Housing Commission's Five Year Plan, and the 2009 Detroit Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
The guiding principle of the 2012-2015 Consolidated Plan and thus, the 2014-2015 Action Plan, is to ensure resources are strategically targeted for maximum impact to enhance quality of life for Detroit citizens. Detroit has been hard hit by the foreclosure crisis, the economic downturn, population loss and other challenges experienced by older Industrial Cities. As such, demand for services, programs and activities supported by federal funds have significantly increased. Now more than ever, the need for strategic and targeted allocation of these funds is imperative.
CDBG and NOF Information
The CDBG program is a Federal grant program operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This program provides entitlement grants to local government for community development activities. The grant amount is determined by formula and varies from year to year according to the amount appropriated nationally by the U.S. Congress.The overall goal of Detroit's CDBG program is to develop a viable urban community by providing funding for decent housing, economic opportunities, needed services and a suitable living environment, primarily for persons of low and moderate income. CDBG funds may be used for a wide variety of activities including home rehabilitation, construction and rehabilitation of community facilities, demolition of blighted buildings, acquisition, relocation and preparation of property for new development, economic development, public services, planning, and administration of the program. The Mayor and City Council of the City of Detroit determine how these grant funds will be spent after a citizen participation process, including requests for and submission of proposals from community organizations, public service agencies, and City agencies and public meetings and hearings.Since 1976, the City Council has provided grants for non-comprehensive neighborhood improvement projects proposed by neighborhood organizations and neighborhood service organizations through the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) program. This program, which is a part of the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, have provided emergency services such as shelter, hot meals, bag groceries, and hygiene products; education, tutoring and mentoring; and recreation in the form of baseball, basketball and other league sports. Additionally, grants were made for senior citizen activities, legal assistance, housing counseling and repair, public improvements such as sidewalks, trees, planters, curb cuts, and for minor home repair.