- Economic Development
- Community Development Block Grant
Community Development Block Grant
The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides grants to cities, counties and states to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq. St. Cloud began an entitlement city in 2019.
The City’s CDBG program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development:
- CDBG's flexibility empowers people and communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
- CDBG's emphasis on consolidated planning expands and strengthens partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector in enhancing community development.
- CDBG's technical assistance activities and set-aside for grantees builds the capacity of these partners.
What Can CDBG Funds Be Used For?
CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:
- Acquisition of real property
- Relocation and demolition
- Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
- Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
- Public services i.e., summer camps, within certain limits
- Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources.
- Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities i.e., technical, and financial assistance to microenterprises.
Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program:
(1) benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or
(2) elimination of slums or blight, or
(3) address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.
The CDBG Program encourages citizen participation by providing citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information, and records related to the grantee's proposed and actual use of funds.
Effective CDBG programs depend on local collaboration, innovative solution-based strategies with program recipients. Through community collaboration, we strive to meet the needs of the community with practical, tangible solutions.
Do I Qualify?
Are you a service provider in the City of St. Cloud with a program that:
- Benefits low/moderate income people?
- Prevents or eliminates slum and blight?
- Meets an urgent need?
- Addressed an issue directly resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic?
Your program may qualify for present and/or future funding opportunities under the CDBG program. For more information, please call CDBG Program Manager Whitney Cooper at 407-957-7458 or email her at email@example.com
DRAFT 2023 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD & PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF ST. CLOUD, FLORIDA
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
DRAFT 2023 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
NOTICE is given that the City of St. Cloud’s proposed 2023Annual Action Plan (AAP) for the use of federal housing and community development funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period. Notice is also given that a public hearing will be held to allow the public to review and make comments on the draft AAP.
PURPOSE: The 30-day public comment period and public hearing are held to allow the public an opportunity to comment on the City’s 2023 Annual Action Plan. The AAP is developed each year to fund activities that address the housing and community development needs identified in the Consolidated Plan. It was announced by HUD that in PY 2023, St. Cloud will receive an estimated $337,301 in CDBG funds. HUD funds are intended to benefit low- to moderate-income persons in St. Cloud. The proposed budget will be:
PUBLIC HEARING: The first public hearing will be held on June 8, 2023 at 6:30 PM and the second on July 20, 2023 during City Council to gather public input for the Annual Action Plan. City Council meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 1300 9th Street, Building A, 3rd level, St. Cloud, FL 34769. City Council meetings can also be viewed live via the City website at www.stcloud.org/webcasts or broadcast on Spectrum channel 499.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The City will hold a 30-day public comment review period from June 20, 2023 to July 20, 2023. The AAP can be downloaded and viewed from the City website at https://www.stcloud.org/5/Community-Development. The AAP can also be viewed at the office from Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4PM. Written comments may be addressed to the CDBG Program Manager, at City of St Cloud, 1300 Ninth Street, Building A, St. Cloud, FL 34769. All interested citizens are encouraged to participate.
Written comments on the AAP may be submitted using the address above or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCESSIBILITY: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the Secretary/Clerk of the Committee/Board, Linda P. Jaworski, City Clerk at 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, Florida 34769 or (407) 957-7300 prior to the meeting. If language assistance is required, residents may contact the CDBG Program Manager at Phone: (407) 957-7366 or email@example.com to make those arrangements.
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