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CDBG FUNDABILITY For Local Officials. 2 CDBG Program Fundability Overview Fundability refers to key thresholds that determine the ability of projects.

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1 CDBG FUNDABILITY For Local Officials

2 2 CDBG Program Fundability Overview Fundability refers to key thresholds that determine the ability of projects and programs to receive CDBG funding The state review process for all local government CDBG funding applications must include a fundability determination prior to award All activities must be eligible for funding and meet a national objective

3 3 Statutory and Regulatory Requirements Projects must meet a national objective –Section 104(b)(3) Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974 as amended; and –24 CFR of the State CDBG regulations Activities must be eligible –Section 105(a) HCDA –State CDBG regulations 24 CFR

4 4 Statutory and Regulatory Requirements - continued State must meet a two-step process: –Each proposed activity must meet a national objective and be eligible at time of application development and approval (award) –Following implementation, state must also determine that activities met national objective and are the same eligible activities that were originally approved for award

5 5 CDBG National Objectives Unit of Local Government is contractually responsible for activities funded with CDBG to meet the designated national objective and complete activities as approved and awarded by the State Know what your project activities are and what national objective must be met

6 6 CDBG National Objectives National Objectives (24 CFR ) –Benefiting low and moderate income (LMI) persons –Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight (SB) –Meets community development needs having a particular urgency (UN) that the unit of local government is not able to fund on its own or obtain other sources of funding

7 7 National Objective Spot Basis Area Basis Urgent Need Slum/Blig ht Low/Mod Area Benefit Limited Clientele Housing Jobs MEETING A NATIONAL OBJECTIVE

8 8 National Objective Low and Moderate Income Benefit Area Benefit (LMA) –24 CFR (b)(1) …persons Limited Clientele (LMC) –24 CFR (b)(2) …persons Housing (LMH) –24 CFR (b)(3) …households Job Creation/Retention (LMJ) –24 CFR (b)(4) …persons

9 9 National Objective Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight Activities must meet one of two determinations: –Area Basis - clearly eliminating objectively determinable signs of slums or blight in a defined area. [24 CFR (c)(1)] –Spot Basis - strictly limited to eliminating specific instances of blight outside such an area. [24 CFR (c)(2)] –“Mix and Match” provisions

10 10 National Objective Urgent Needs (UN) Criteria for meeting urgent needs objective: –Need must pose a serious and immediate threat to community health and welfare –Need must be of recent origin or recently urgent (within 18 months) –Community must be unable to finance activity on its own –Other funding sources must not be available to carry out activity

11 11 CDBG National Objectives Summary National Objectives (24 CFR ) –eligible activities must meet one of these three objectives:  Benefit low and moderate income (LMI) persons.  Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight (SB).  Address urgent community development needs (UN).

12 12 MEETING A NATIONAL OBJECTIVE National Objective Spot Basis Area Basis Urgent Need Slum/Blig ht Low/Mod Area Benefit Limited Clientele Housing Jobs

13 13 CDBG Eligible Activities All project activities must be eligible for funding according to Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) Section 105 (a) General Rule - any activity that is not authorized by the HCDA is ineligible to be assisted with CDBG funds

14 14 CDBG Eligible Activities – continued Basic categories of eligibility in order of appearance in Section 105(a) of the HCDA: –Acquisition of real property –Public facilities and improvement of privately owned utilities –Code enforcement –Clearance, rehab, reconstruction and construction of buildings –Architectural barrier removal

15 15 CDBG Eligible Activities – continued –Loss of rental income –Disposition of real property –Public services –Payment of the non-federal share –Relocation –Planning and capacity building –Program administration costs –Activities carried out through nonprofits –Assistance to neighborhood-based development organizations

16 16 CDBG Eligible Activities – continued –Energy efficiency/conservation –Economic development assistance to for-profit businesses –Technical assistance –Housing services –Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education –Microenterprise assistance –In-Rem Housing –Homeownership Assistance –Tornado safe shelters –Lead-based paint hazard evaluation and reduction

17 17 Program Administration Costs Funds may be used to pay reasonable program administration costs and charges related to the planning and execution of the CDBG or HOME Program Costs may include: –Overall program management –Coordination –Monitoring –Reporting –Evaluation

18 18 Program Administration Costs - continued Eligible Costs continued: –Staff and related costs (State/UGLG/Sub) –Citizen participation costs –Fair housing activities –Project implementation costs (can be charged to specific activity, e.g. housing rehabilitation) –Other project specific administration costs in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 not prohibited under the CDBG regulations

19 19 Ineligible Activities Construction or rehabilitation of buildings for the general conduct of government except: –Removal of materials and architectural barriers that restrict mobility and accessibility of elderly or severely disabled adults –Work on buildings used to deliver services to the public such as fire stations –Can pro-rate costs for buildings associated with both service delivery and administrative functions

20 20 Ineligible Activities – continued Operation and Maintenance –Mowing grass, filling pot holes, repairing cracks etc. –Payment of staff salaries (not related to CDBG program) –New housing construction (with certain exceptions) –Activities with insufficient “Public Benefit” (some economic development activities) –Business Relocation Activities (anti- pirating) –Other activities listed ineligible under OMB Circular A-87 Cost-principles

21 21 References and Resources Resources…. –HUD CPD –HCDA Housing and Community Development Act velopment/rulesandregs/#laws –24 CFR /24cfr570_06.html

22 22 References and Resources - continued –HUD Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for State CDBG Program opment/library/stateguide / –HUD CPD Monitoring Handbook /handbook.cfm tp://www.huices/cpd/library/monitoring/handbook. cfm –OMB Circular A _a87.pdf a87_2004.pdf

23 23 Handouts/Attachments CDBG Slums and Blight National Objective Checklist –Exercise #1 Fundability and National Objectives –Exercise #2 CDBG Activity Eligibility


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