Examples sought: CDBG & Disasters

APA is seeking examples of community development projects that highlight accomplishments of CDBG.  See explanation below.  A special emphasis is to identify instances of such outcomes in post-disaster situations.  Given […]

APA is seeking examples of community development projects that highlight accomplishments of CDBG.  See explanation below.  A special emphasis is to identify instances of such outcomes in post-disaster situations.  Given the scope of CDBG-DR (Disaster Recovery) programs after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. and other disasters, there should be lots of significant cases that can be cited.  Please assist this effort if you can.  Although there’s a stated deadline of November 18, we understand responses will be accepted for a short time longer.   HMDR apologizes for not knowing about this sooner.


Help APA draft a critical report on CDBG 

(from: https://planning.org/blog/blogpost/9114811/ )

APA is an active partner in a diverse coalition of stakeholders — like the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties — that is working to preserve and promote the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Recognizing that a new administration and a significant number of new members of Congress will begin work in Washington in January, the CDBG Coalition is in the process of developing a national report that highlights the accomplishments of CDBG.

This is critical because many of the new administration officials, legislators, and staff may not be familiar with CDBG and the critical role it plays in communities, but they will be making important decisions about the program and its funding levels quickly after taking office.

APA has volunteered to help draft the report, and we need your help to showcase the wide variety of projects that CDBG funds in your community.

In particular, APA has agreed to assist with drafting a section on the impact of CDBG recovery funding after major disasters and the importance of balancing competitive grant programs with traditional, reliable funding sources like CDBG.  (emphasis added)

The coalition is looking specifically for projects that:

  • Improve neighborhoods through CDBG-funded housing
  • Use CDBG in HOME or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects
  • Allow seniors to age in place
  • Create neighborhoods or choice
  • Make energy improvements to help people on fixed incomes
  • Address abandoned or blighted properties

If you have a project you’d like included in the report, please provide the following information:

  1. Project name, location, and year
  2. Project description
  3. Use of CDBG funds (e.g., housing rehabilitation, homeownership assistance, acquisition, microenterprise assistance, construction of housing, public facilities and improvements, public services, etc.)
  4. Target population (e.g., youth, elderly, families, veterans, homeless, special needs, etc.)
  5. Amount of CDBG funds
  6. Other project funds; leveraging
  7. Jobs created (temporary and permanent)
  8. Project impact (project outcomes)
  9. High-resolution photo
  10. Quote from a beneficiary (e.g. how the project assisted them, impacted their lives)
  11. Links to press coverage

Please submit your project examples to Tess Hembree (thembree@planning.org) by November 18, 2016. (Later submissions will be considered as time permits.)