Consolidated Plan

 

City of Elkhart Community Development Block Grant

Consolidated Plan Process Summary

 

City of Elkhart is planning for the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.  This program takes Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funds and puts them to work in our community.  The Consolidated Plan is effective from July 1, 2015, until June 30, 2020.  The plan outlines goals and objectives determined through public meetings, dialogue with interested stakeholder, and the results of a community needs survey. 

The City is a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Community.  This designation from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development comes with great rewards but also with responsibilities.  The rewards come annually in the form of the CDBG entitlement fund award.  The Community Development Block Grant program provides flexible federal funding to assist the City in addressing community needs.  The responsibilities include the submission a five-year plan known as the Consolidated Plan (Plan) and an Annual Action Plan (AAP) for each of the five years of the Plan in accordance with the regulations pertaining to Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.  The AAP acts as an annual application for funds and is signed by the Mayor after approval by the Elkhart Common Council.  The City must hold a public hearing to inform citizens of the amount of funds available, notify citizens of the range of eligible activities under the CDBG program, and provide for citizen input and participation in the development of the Plan and AAPs. 

 

The current Consolidated Plan process will be effective for the five-year planning period from July 1, 2010 until June 30, 2015.  The plan will outline goals and objectives determined through the public meetings and dialogue.  The Plan currently under development will take effect July 1, 2015.

 

Because the CDBG program is community driven, the federal government allows the local jurisdiction a significant amount of flexibility in developing the projects it will undertake with these funds relative to other federally funded programs.  But the program does require that each of the projects the City funds with these dollars meet a national objective AND be an eligible activity under the CDBG program rules.

 
Three National Objectives

·  Benefiting Low-Moderate Income Persons

·  Preventing or eliminating slum or blight

·  Meeting other community development needs having a particular urgency due to an immediate threat to health or welfare.

 

Eligible Activities
·  Acquisition of Real Property

·  Disposition

·  Public Facilities and Improvements

·  Clearance

·  Public Services

·  Interim Assistance

·  Relocation

·  Loss of Rental Income

·  Privately-Owned Utilities

·  Rehabilitation

·  Construction of Housing

·  Code Enforcement

·  Microenterprise Assistance

·  Special Activities by CBDO's

·  Homeownership Assistance

·  Planning and Capacity Building

·  Program Administration Costs

·  Special Economic Development Activities
·  Miscellaneous Other Activities such as: Payment of non-federal share, Technical Assistance, Housing Services, Handicapped Accessibility, and Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education
 
updated 5/10/2015