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  11.A.       
Meeting Date: 01/17/2023  
From: Kristine Pavlik, Housing and Grants Administrator
Department: Community Development  
Co-Submitter:

TITLE:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Introduction and Overview; Establishment of CDBG Council Priorities for Program Years 2023 and 2024
DESIRED OUTCOME:
Receive Council direction on CDBG priorities for the next two program years (2023 and 2024).
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
The City of Flagstaff receives an annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a “Program Year” basis (July 1 – June 30). The CDBG allocation amount for Program Year 2022 was $531,639. The allocation for 2023 has not yet been published.
 
The purpose of CDBG is to develop viable urban communities through the provision of decent affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunity, principally for low and moderate-income persons. In Flagstaff, for 2022, low to moderate-income (80% of the Area Median Income or below) is defined as a 4-member household earning under $68,700.
 
Every two years, City Council is presented with the opportunity to establish local priorities for allocating CDBG funds within the City of Flagstaff community. Staff will provide an overview of CDBG eligible activities and discuss the 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan (a 5-year community needs assessment for CDBG funding) as well as progress towards goals identified in the 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan. Staff is seeking City Council direction on three to four new CDBG priorities for the allocation of funding for the next two program years.
 
After receiving Council direction on local priorities, staff will conduct a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process, review and rank the received applications, and will return to Council on April 11th, 2023, with recommendations for funding. City Council will make all final funding decisions. This process will result in the creation of the 2023 Annual Action Plan, a document that will demonstrate to HUD how the City plans to spend its Program Year 2023 CDBG allocation.
INFORMATION:
The City of Flagstaff Council's CDBG Priorities for Program Years 2021 and 2022 were: 
  • Provide affordable housing (rental and ownership)
  • Address homelessness
  • Improve neighborhood revitalization
  • Promote workforce job training
Applicable Regional Plan Goals include:
  • Goal NH.1. Foster and maintain healthy and diverse urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods in the Flagstaff region.
    • Policy NH.1.1. Preserve and enhance existing neighborhoods.
  • Goal NH.4. All housing is safe and sanitary.
    • Policy NH.4.1. Expand the availability of affordable housing throughout the region by preserving existing housing, including housing for very low-income persons.
    • Policy NH.4.3. Address accessibility issues and other housing barriers to persons with disabilities or special needs.
    • Policy NH.4.4. Encourage green practices in housing construction and rehabilitation that support durable, healthy, and energy efficient homes.
    • Policy NH.4.5. Renovate the existing housing stock to conserve energy and reduce utility and maintenance costs for owners and occupants.
    • Policy NH.4.7. Enforce compliance with fair housing laws.
  • Goal NH.5. Eliminate homelessness.
    • Policy NH.5.1. Provide adequate resources for families with children experiencing homelessness.    
    • Policy NH.5.2. Provide adequate resources for individuals experiencing homelessness.
    • Policy NH.5.3. Support and expand programs that prevent homelessness.
    • Policy NH.5.4. Make transitional housing resources available to populations experiencing homelessness.
Attachments
CDBG Presentation


    

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