Community Development

Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low-and moderate-income persons. The Housing and Community Services Division administers approximately $775 thousand in CDBG funds annually.

Purpose

CDBG provides a flexible source of funding to develop viable urban communities by providing decent affordable housing, creating suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. The City, with the participation of local citizens, allocate resources toward projects that qualify as meeting one or more of the following three (3) broad national objectives set by Congress:

  1. Benefit low and moderate income persons;
  2. aid to prevent or eliminate slums and blight; or
  3. meet other community development needs in an urgent situation;

Eligible Applicants

CDBG funds are awarded to City departments, other public agencies, public and private nonprofit entities and for-profit entities to carry out eligible housing and community development projects within the boundaries of the City of Independence.

Eligible Clientele

Projects receiving assistance must serve low- and moderate-income persons (generally defined by HUD as members of a family earning no more than 80 percent of the area median income) and/or prevent or eliminate slums and blight.

Activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons can address this objective by:

  1. serving low- and moderate-income areas, or
  2. serving low- and moderate-income clientele.

An activity to prevent or eliminate slums and blight, generally the project provides a benefit to the service area and the area must be designated by the City as a slum, blighted or deteriorated area. Activities assisted must address one or more conditions which contributed to the deterioration of the area.

Eligible Activities

The following is a list of eligible activities within the CDBG program:

  • Acquisition of Real Property
  • Disposition
  • Public Facilities and Improvements
  • Clearance
  • Public Services
  • Interim Assistance
  • Relocation
  • Loss of Rental Income
  • Privately-Owned Utilities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Code Enforcement
  • Homeownership Assistance Planning and Capacity Building Program
  • Administration Costs

Ineligible Activities

The following is a list of ineligible activities within the CDBG program:

  • Assistance to buildings used for the general conduct of government
  • General Government Expenses
  • Political Activities
  • Purchase of Equipment
  • Operating and maintenance expenses
  • New Housing Construction
  • Income payments

Additional Information

 

Notice is given that on or before May 15, 2015 the City of Independence will submit the 2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan and 2015-16 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Act programs, authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  

 

The current draft of the Consolidated Plan is available here:  2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan Substantial Draft. –

 

Comments regarding the plan may also be submitted in writing to Neighborhood Services, Community Development Department, 111 E. Maple Independence, Missouri 64050.  All written comments received by April 20th, 2015 will be addressed in the final Plan document.  If accommodations are required due to a disability, limited English proficiency, or other special need, contact Neighborhood Services at 816.325.7397. Si las comodidades son requerido debido a la inhabilidad, a la habilidad inglesa limitada, o a la otra necesidad especial, el contacto Neighborhood Services en 816.325.7397