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201 S Cortez Street
Prescott, AZ, 86303
Phone 928-777-1143

Community Development Block Grants - CDBG

The Community Development Block Grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Community Development Block Grants help communities provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development and providing improved community facilities and services. Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities.

Prescott qualified as an entitlement community in 2005 and developed the first Five Year Consolidated Plan 2005 - 2009 and a One Year Action Plan 2005. During this first 2005-2009 Consolidated Plan the CDBG Program facilitated and funded infrastructure improvements, (sidewalks and street paving, rehabilitated low income limited clientele rental units, renovations at residential treatment facilities, worked with Habitat for Humanity to have a tool lending program for the Brush with Kindness program, provided support for a coordinator at the Prescott Area Women's Shelter, supplied bed night dollars to Project Aware as well as assistance dollars for case management of homeless vets, provided funding to Meals on Wheels Homebound Program for the Elderly and renovation projects for Catholic Charities duplex rehabilitation.

We are at this time working within the direction of the community developed, adopted and amended 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan. Proposed Funding for Program Year and Projects are included in the associated Annual Action Plan. PDF files may be downloaded from the list of reports below. Hard copies are available for review at the Community Development and Planning Office located at the above address.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. What can CDBG funds be used for?
A. A wide variety of activities including:
  • Street, water and wastewater improvements;
  • Housing rehabilitation or buying land for new housing development;
  • The construction of or improvements to parks, libraries, health clinics, shelters for domestic violence victims or the homeless;
  • Salaries of people who provide public services such as child care or job training, or paying for furniture for such programs; and
  • Loans and other kinds of assistance so businesses can hire new employees.
Who is eligible for CDBG funds?
A. Only a city, town or county is eligible. However, a special district or a nonprofit agency can receive the funds if the city, town or county determines that the project proposed by that district or agency meets community needs.
Q. Are there certain criteria to receive CDBG Funding?
A. Yes. Community applications for CDBG funds must meet the "National Objectives" established by Congress.
Q. What are the "National Objectives"?
A. They require each project to:
  1. Primarily benefit low-to moderate-income persons,
  2. Prevent or eliminate slum and blight, or
  3. Meet other urgent community development needs relating to health and safety issues.
Q. What constitutes "low and moderate income"?
A. "Low and moderate income" refers to the total annual family income that is less than 80 percent of the average income for same-size families in that area.
Q. Is public involvement necessary for the CDBG application process?
A. Yes. Every community applying for CDBG funds must hold at least two public hearings to let residents identify possible projects. Public hearing notices also must be published in the local newspapers. These notices must be published before the community can send its application to HUD, and they must inform the public about the process to comment on projects recommended by elected officials. Notice of public meetings can also be posted at the local city hall.
Q. How can CDBG funds be used for economic development?
A. CDBG funds can be used to:
  • Lend funds to a business;
  • Provide the business with a loan guarantee;
  • Install a water line allowing a business to locate or expand;
  • Acquire land to be leased to a business; or
  • Provide training and support services to low-to-moderate income persons wishing to start their own businesses.
  • In most cases, the business must agree to create or retain a reasonable number of jobs in relation to the CDBG assistance and hire 51 percent LM income persons.
Q. How can CDBG funds be used by a community to address its affordable housing needs?
A. CDBG funds can be used to:
  • Rehabilitate homes owned and occupied by LM persons or rental units in which at least 51 percent of the tenants are or will be LM and will pay "affordable rents"
  • Acquire property to be sold to LM persons or to be converted primarily to rental housing, with at least 51 percent of the units to be occupied by LM persons;
  • Acquire or clear property to be sold or leased to a private developer;
  • Construct off-site improvements for a developer who will build homes at least 51 percent of which will be sold to or constructed by (self-help) LM persons; or
  • Construct or rehabilitate shelters and transitional housing for the homeless.
Q. What are the liabilities of the CDBG program?
A. Like all federally funded programs, the CDBG program requires that the community comply with a number of requirements relating to record keeping, competitive procurement and public participation. The community must also comply with other federal "overlay" laws. These relate to protection of the environment, acquisition and relocation, civil rights/nondiscrimination and the payment of Davis-Bacon prevailing wages and other construction labor standards.
Fair Housing Act

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).

The Fair Housing Act mandate is carried out by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement jurisdictions. The City of Prescott became an entitlement jurisdiction in 2005. City residents who believe they have been discriminated against in attempting to achieve housing should contact Kathy Dudek, Grants Administrator, 201 S Cortez St, Prescott, AZ 86303 / (928) 777.1143

Landlord Tenant Act

Additional Resources

Arizona Department of Housing
1110 West Washington, Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-771-1000

Habitat for Humanity, Prescott Area
1230 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-445-8003

Housing and Urban Development - CDBG
Rebecca Flanagan, Field Office Director
One North Central, Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-379-7100

NACOG (Northern Arizona Council of Governments)
221 N. Marina Street, Suite 201
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-778-2692

Southwest Fair Housing Council
2030 E. Broadway, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85719
Toll Free 1-888-624-4611
520-798-1568
TTY: 520-670-0233

Yavapai County Community Foundation
300 E. Willis St., Suite B
Prescott AZ 86301
Grants & Operations Coordinator - 928-499-9795
North Central Regional Manager - 928-708-9632
Big Kids Book 2013
Little Kids Book 2013

CDBG Public Notice

Any individual, group or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the City of Prescott, Office of the Grants Administrator, 201 S. Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303. All comments received by July 30, 2012 will be considered by the City of Prescott prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing using the project Title, Public Posting or meeting date.

CDBG Program Planning Documents


Consolidated Plan

Annual Action Plan - Program Year (PY)

Consolidated Annual Perfomance And Evaluation Review - CAPER

Income Guidelines To Determine Low To Moderate Income Eligiblity