CDBG Program

 


About the CDBG Program

Each year, the Town receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, as an entitlement, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The amount of funds is based on factors assessed by HUD, such as a community's poverty level, population, overcrowded housing, housing stock age, etc. CDBG funds must be used predominately for the benefit of low and moderate income residents by promoting decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities. Find Weymouth's CDBG target areas here.

Each year, usually in December, the Town solicits proposals from non-profit organizations and Town departments for activities to be funded partly or wholly using CDBG funds for the upcoming fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, public services, infrastructure and housing improvements, and more. 

Activities to be funded must meet a HUD national objective, below:

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

SPECIAL COVID-19 RELATED CDBG FUNDS


HUD has awarded the Town $419,319 in additional CDBG funds under the "Coronavirus  Aid,  Relief,  and  Economic Security  Act"  (CARES  Act) to prevent,  prepare  for,  and  respond  to  COVID-19. These funds are called "CDBG-CV" funds.
 
The use of CDBG-CV funds constitutes a substantial amendment to the FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan covering the use of $683,864 in regular (non COVID-19 related) CDBG funds from HUD.
 
Typically, if the Town substantially amends it's Annual Action Plan, HUD regulations and the Town's Citizen Participation Plan, concerning citizen involvement in CDBG planning, require a 30 day public comment period.  However, the CARES Act permits the Town to shorten the public comment period to minimum of five days.  
 
Therefore, the Town is also amending it's Citizen Parrticipation Plan to reflect the shorter public comment period for  the substantial amendment to the FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan.  See the section below on the Citizen Parrticipation Plan.
 
Please see the attached legal notice to be posted here as of May 6, 2020, offering a five day public comment period on the substantial amendment to the FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan AND the amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan to run concurrently.
 
Five Year Consolidated Plan

Every five years, the Town prepares a Five Year Consolidated Plan on how CDBG funds will be used during the next five year period to address priority needs for community and economic development and affordable housing. The Town has developed the DRAFT FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. The Town is providing a 30 day public review and comment period on this Draft to run from March 18, 2020 to April 17, 2020. Comments may be submitted in writing by 4:30 PM on Friday, April 17, 2020 to: Jody Lehrer, Community Development Coordinator, Town Hall, 75 Middle Street, Weymouth, MA 02189.

Annual Action Plan

Each year, the Town prepares an Annual Action Plan identifying organizations and departments that will receive CDBG funds, and activities to be carried out. The Town prepares and publishes a draft AAP for a 30 day review period and submits the final AAP to HUD in mid May each year.

Note: for FY 2020-2021 the AAP is actually part of the Five Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2020-2024, described above. Therefore, the entire Consolidated Plan will be posted in draft form for a 30 day review period as stated above under "Five Year Consolidated 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.  Each fiscal year, sometime in August, the Town makes available the DRAFT CAPER for public review and comment before it is submitted to HUD by October 1. If you see a link to a DRAFT document here, this means HUD has not yet approved the CAPER. Otherwise, the link will be to the FINAL CAPER. DRAFT CAPER FY 2018-2019.

Citizen Participation Plan

Under HUD’s CDBG regulations, grantee communities like Weymouth must adopt a Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) 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.

CDBG Performance and Accomplishments

Find information about Weymouth's CDBG allocations, accomplishments, and program performance below:

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