Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Annually, the Town of Weymouth receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as an “entitlement” community from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). An entitlement community is one that is identified by HUD based on factors such as the community’s poverty level, population, overcrowded housing, housing stock age, and its population's growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas. CDBG funds must benefit low and moderate income residents by promoting decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities.

Under HUD rules, the Town must identify priority community needs through a consultation and public outreach process and direct CDBG funds towards such needs. Interested non-profit agencies and government entities may apply for CDBG funds to conduct activities or projects as “sub grantees” through an application process generally initiated in January for the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Click here for the FY 2017-2018 RFP. Eligible activities and/or projects may include public services, housing or public facility improvements, job creation, and more. 

To be funded through the CDBG program, activities must meet a HUD national objective such as that the activity:

  • Benefits low and moderate income persons
  • Aids in the prevention of slum or blight
  • Meets a need with a particular urgency (e.g., earthquake relief)

Consolidated Five-Year Plan

Every five years the Town submits a Consolidated Plan that directs its decisions for allocating CDBG funds over the next five-year period. HUD requires that the Town's decisions be based on data specific to Weymouth. 

The Consolidated Plan contains the Town’s assessment of its affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions. It enables the Town to identify housing and community development priorities so that CDBG funds can be spent effectively. Every Consolidated Plan covers a five-year period and contains the first Annual Plan for that five-year period. Therefore, the most current Consolidated Plan covering FY 2015-2019 contains the Annual Plan for the first of the five years (i.e., the FY 2015-2016 Annual Plan).

Annual Action Plan

In order to carry out the Consolidated Plan, the Town must submit to HUD an Annual Action Plan (click on this link to see the most recent Annual Plan). The draft version of the Annual Action Plan for FY 2016-2017 is the most current version. The draft Annual Action Plan is submitted to HUD by October 1 each year and once approved the FINAL Annual Action Plan will be posted on this website. The Annual Action Plan contains a summary of the actions, activities, and specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified in the corresponding Consolidated Five-Year Plan.

CAPER

Each October, the Town submits to HUD a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) pertaining to the accomplishments achieved during the preceding fiscal year, which ends June 30th. The CAPER includes such things as a description of the use of CDBG funds during the program year, an assessment of the relationship of funds to the priorities and specific objectives identified in the plan, and more. Click here for the final CAPER for FY 2015-2016 submitted to HUD for approval.

Lastly, under HUD’s Community Development Block Grant regulations, grantee communities like Weymouth must adopt a Citizen Participation Plan that provides for and encourages citizen participation. The plan emphasizes participation by persons of low and moderate income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. The plan must provide citizens with the following: reasonable and timely access to local meetings; an opportunity to review proposed activities and program performance; provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances; and identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be accommodated.