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COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program
CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE & EVALUATION REPORT
Program Year 2020 (January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)
SUMMARY OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Completion of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is a requirement for Entitlement Community grantees receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds.
Cumberland County has held the “Urban County” Entitlement Community designation for CDBG and Participating Jurisdiction designation for the HOME Program since Program Year (PY) 2005. As an Entitlement Community, the County receives annual CDBG grants directly from HUD. The County prepared its fourth Five-Year Consolidated Plan (ConPlan) in 2020 that identified priority housing and community development needs and projected a plan to address those needs over the five-year period of 2020 – 2024.
On a yearly basis, Entitlement Communities prepare an Annual Action Plan (AAP) to implement housing and community development activities to address the goals stated in the ConPlan. The 2021 AAP established activities for the year January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022, and therefore the PY 2021 CAPER reports on the wide range of community activities undertaken during PY 2021, as well as PY 2021 accomplishments.
For PY 2021, the County received a CDBG grant of $1,305,014, and a HOME grant of $525,247. The County projected $10,000 in CDBG Program Income (PI) for the year.
The CAPER’s purpose is to report to the community and to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) on various aspects of the County’s use of its grant funds. The primary focus areas discussed in the CAPER are:
·Housing needs and how those needs were addressed with CDBG, HOME, and other funds;
·CDBG and HOME expenditures during the Program Year;
·Accomplishments during the Program Year; and
·How well goals and requirements were met with the funds expended.
CDBG Programmatic Requirements
· Timeliness: Unexpended funds may not total more than 1.5 times the current year’s grant amount as of May 2nd each year. In close consultation with HUD Region 3 staff, the County continues to expend CDBG funds per its most recently-approved Timeliness Workout Plan. The oldest grant funds and Program Income must be expended first. Slow-moving projects are identified, critical action steps for completion described, and a timetable for completion documented. The County continues to monitor these projects and ensure completion by remediation dates. As federal budgets continue to be delayed in passing, the County expects that the timeliness test will remain difficult to meet. Despite these challenges, the County is making progress.
·Low- and Moderate-Income Benefit: The requirement is that at least 70% of funds expended during the year (not including planning and administration expenditures), must benefit primarily low-/moderate-income (LMI) persons. Excluding Planning & Administration expenditures, the County expended 86.45% of its CDBG funds on activities that benefitted LMI persons.
·Public Service Cap: A maximum of 15% of the annual allocation of funds, plus Program Income may be spent for public service activities. The County expended $263,510.33 for public service activities, in compliance with HUD regulations. These public services expenditures do not include CDBG-CV funds.
·Administration & Planning Cap: No more than 20% of the annual CDBG allocation, plus Program Income, may be used for administration and planning activities. The County obligated $251,000 or 19.23% for these types of activities in 2021.
HOME Programmatic Requirements
· CHDO Reserve: A formula grant recipient of HOME funds must reserve a minimum of 15% of its annual grant for use by CHDOs – Community Housing Development Organizations, which are non-profit, affordable housing developers. A recipient has 24 months to commit the required 15% to its CHDO. At present, the County’s CHDOs include Tri-County Housing Development Corporation, Cumberland Valley Habitat for Humanity, Monarch Development, and Safe Harbour Inc.
The County’s minimum reserve, based on its $525,247 HOME grant awarded in 2020 was $78,787.05. The County will reserve and commit the funds to a specific project within the 24-month commitment deadline (Waived) complying with the 15% CHDO Reserve requirement.
·HOME Match Requirement: For every dollar of HOME funds drawn (excluding administrative expenses), the grantee must permanently invest $0.25 of non-federal funds in housing projects that are either HOME-assisted or eligible for HOME assistance. All HOME draws in PY 2021 were administrative in nature. Based on draws of $0 of non-administrative HOME funds during the year, the County was obligated to expend $0 in qualified matching funds. However, the County’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund first-time homebuyer activities, totaling $130,000, qualifies as a match for the County’s HOME funds.
·Administration & Planning Cap: Expenditures for these activities are capped at 10% of the grant. The County satisfied this requirement with a $52,500 HOME Planning & Administration allocation, representing 9.99%. $23,299.04 of these funds were disbursed, and $29,200.96 is left to spend.
A synopsis of the CDBG activities implemented during PY 2021 is listed below. The County did not disburse HOME funding for any housing or homeownership projects in PY 2021.
The County spent CDBG grant funds on the following housing programs:
·Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) Program: A total of $53,610 was expended to assist three households.
·Code Enforcement: 3,948 inspections/re-inspections were completed in the Borough of Shippensburg, Shippensburg Township, and Lemoyne Borough. The County expended $129,299.80 in CDBG funds on Code Enforcement during the year.
·Economic Development/Shopsteading: There was no new Shopstading activities
·Façade Improvement: There was no new façade improvement activities.
·Public Services: The County disbursed $263,510.33 in PY 2021, providing vital public services for at-risk Cumberland County residents, including LMI individuals and families, the homeless, elderly, and disabled. These disbursements covered Program Years 2020-2021.
Per the PY 2021 AAP, funds were invested in a wide range of public service activities:
oSafe Harbour’s James Wilson Emergency Shelter – homeless single men and women, families with children;
oYWCA’s Grandview Afterschool Homework Club – academic, life skills, physical fitness, and other enrichment activities for elementary school-aged children residing in the Cumberland County Housing Authority’s Grandview Court Complex. The YWCA was awarded additional CDBG funds to expand the scope of this important program to assist parents with job and life skills, and families with nutritional education through the creation of a Grandview Court Community Garden for cultivation and use by all Grandview residents. The County expects that this program enhancement will be deployed in future Program Years;
oLocal Housing Options Team (LHOT) Coordinator (the position is now known as Manager, Community Partners for Change) who works with disabled and homeless persons in Cumberland County to help them obtain housing so that they can move toward self-sufficiency. The Manager, Community Partners for Change has recruited a spectrum of partners to assist at-risk populations in securing safe, decent, and sanitary housing;
oSupportive Services Coordinator who assists the senior residents of multiple Cumberland County Housing Authority properties across the County; and
oEnhanced police patrols in the LMI Census Block Group areas of Shippensburg Borough.
oHope Station - Professional & Educational Empowerment Center - staff intend to expand program hours of operation and purchase additional equipment and software to ensure security and offer employment- and computer-related training sessions.
oSalvation Army – My Brother’s Table & Social Services Office - My Brother's Table provides nutritious breakfasts to the homeless, Monday to Friday. The Social Services Office provides assistance to struggling families and individuals by offering emergency food boxes, clothing and household vouchers, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, transportation assistance, Xmas assistance, and referrals to other agencies.
·Public Facilities: The County invested CDBG funds in several vital public facility projects in PY 2021 including:
oBorough of Newville: The reconstruction will include installation of seven ADA-compliant curb cuts, ramps, and thermoplastic crosswalks; as well as removal and replacement of five existing storm drains and grates on 200 feet of N. Corporation St.
oBorough of New Cumberland: Removal of architectural barriers on 36 corners throughout the downtown area. This is Phase 2 of its Downtown ADA Improvements initiative.
oBorough of Lemoyne: removal of architectural barriers on 10 corners in the Warren Street neighborhood and install stormwater improvements at two intersections and along two streets with connections to existing facilities.
oBorough of Shippensburg: LED Crosswalk Warning System installation at the intersection of Earl & Fort Streets was completed.
oShippensburg Township: continuation of rehabilitation to two basketball courts, which are located in the northern part of the Shippensburg Township Park.
The County’s PY 2021 CDBG Program financial activity highlights were as follows:
·Unexpended Balance End of Previous Year – $588,234.93
·PY 2021 Entitlement Grant - $1,305,014.00
·PY 2021 CDBG Program Income - $10,000.00
Total Funds Available in PY 2021 - $1,903,248.93
·PY 2020 Disbursements - $1,519,131.12
·Unexpended Balance End of FY 2021 - $133,117.81
As in past years, Cumberland County focused its CDBG-funded activities in the Census Block Groups with the highest LMI concentrations and with the greatest deterioration of facilities and housing stock. The partnership between Cumberland County, CAEDC, and the Redevelopment Authority promises dynamic small business development expanding in a broad range of sectors. The forthcoming HOME affordable housing projects in the pipeline will provide safe, decent, and sanitary housing for many LMI first-time homebuyers.
The County values its strong partnerships with area local governments, economic development organizations, businesses, and non-profits. They work together through judicious grant and loan investments in housing programs, social services, economic development, job training, and facilities improvements to achieve the goals of safe, decent, and affordable housing; increased economic opportunities; elimination of blighted areas throughout the County, and quality of life enhancement for all Cumberland County citizens. The County anticipates upward trends in its HUD program performance and further diversification of its CDBG and HOME investments in order to assist even more LMI Cumberland County residents.