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Community Development Block Grants

Carlisle Borough Community Development Block Grant Program

Carlisle Borough receives an annual allocation from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant Program. This program provides the borough with resources to assist low-to-moderate-income individuals. The CDBG entitlement program allocates funds to assist in providing affordable housing, a suitable living environment and opportunities to expand economic opportunities principally for low and moderate-income persons. The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority’s Community Development Division administers the program on behalf of the borough. Funds may be used only for activities within Carlisle Borough.

The CDBG program focuses on two key priorities—assisting low-to-moderate-income individuals and remediating slum and blight conditions. Each year, the borough, businesses, non-profit groups and other organizations apply for an increasingly limited pool of funds to carry out eligible activities. Examples include:

  • rehabilitating homes for income-qualified residents
  • providing low-interest loans for businesses to hire low-to-moderate-income employees
  • demolishing or rehabilitating blighted structures that endanger public health and safety
  • installing handicapped-accessible curb cuts and ramps
  • constructing public facilities, such as parks, in predominately low-to-moderate-income areas
  • providing funding for enhanced code enforcement activities in predominately low-to-moderate-income areas

The annual funding request round typically opens in January with applications due at the end of February. Recommendations are made to Carlisle Borough Council in March, with submittal of a final program budget to HUD by mid-May. The county usually receives the annual program allocation by August of each year.

Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant Program

Cumberland County receives an annual allocation from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant Program. This program provides communities with resources to assist low-to-moderate-income individuals. The CDBG entitlement program allocates funds to assist in providing affordable housing, a suitable living environment and opportunities to expand economic opportunities principally for low and moderate-income persons. The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority’s Community Development Division administers the program on behalf of the county. Funds may be used in any municipality within the county with the exception of Carlisle Borough.

The CDBG program focuses on two key priorities—assisting low-to-moderate-income individuals and remediating slum and blight conditions. Each year, municipalities, businesses, non-profit groups and other organizations apply for an increasingly limited pool of funds to carry out eligible activities. Examples include:

  • rehabilitating homes for income-qualified residents
  • providing low-interest loans for businesses to hire low-to-moderate-income employees
  • demolishing or rehabilitating blighted structures that endanger public health and safety
  • installing handicapped-accessible curb cuts and ramps
  • constructing public facilities, such as parks, in predominately low-to-moderate-income areas
  • providing funding for enhanced code enforcement activities in predominately low-to-moderate-income areas

The annual funding request round typically opens in July with applications due at the end of August. Recommendations are made to the Board of Commissioners in September, with submittal of a final program budget to HUD by mid-November. The county usually receives the annual program allocation within three months of passage of the federal budget.

Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 Response Program

As you may know, the U.S. Congress recently approved $5 billion in funding to assist communities and states across our country. Of the money received by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Cumberland County has been awarded $727,510.

We invite you to apply for this competitive CDBG funding round. Please find enclosed an application package with guidelines and definitions. An application package needs to be completed for each proposed project. CDBG funds may be used for a wide variety of community development projects, including housing. Many of the same CDBG programmatic requirements apply to CDBG-CV funding. Please note that your proposed CDBG-CV project(s) must prepare for, prevent, or respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and must meet one of two National Objectives. A minimum 10% match is highly recommended for project proposals. A larger match will strengthen your application. Please refer to the application guidelines for additional requirements. Please note that hard copies and electronic copies of your application are due back to the Redevelopment Authority no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 8, 2020.

A couple of notes about the application:

·All awardees of federal funds must have a DUNS number. Please use this application in making your request, and provide a current DUNS number. Our office can provide assistance in obtaining a DUNS number should your organization not already have one.

·All projects that receive federal funding must undergo an Environmental Review (conducted by our office) prior to the start of the project. A complete, specific scope of work must be provided to our office for the environmental review process to proceed as smoothly as possible. Projects that begin prior to receiving a Notice to Proceed from this office will result in a loss of federal funding. Contact our office as soon as possible after being notified of your award to start the environmental review process.

·Construction projects with a value of more than $2,000 are subject to Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements. Residential construction projects of less than eight (8) units are exempt from this requirement.

·Federal procurement requirements apply. See application guidelines for more details. If you have questions on how to get started, our office can help.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (717) 249-0789, ext. 130, or e-mail at crafferty@cchra.com.

HOME Investment Partnership Program

Cumberland County’s HOME Investment Partnership Program provides federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for residents. The program chiefly supports rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes and first-time homebuyer activities for low-to-moderate-income residents. HOME funds are also used to fund the development of rental housing for low-to-moderate-income seniors, veterans and residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Applications for projects are accepted during an annual round that typically opens in July and runs until the end of August. Recommendations are made to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners in September of each year, with submittal of a final program budget to HUD on November 15. The county usually receives the annual program allocation within three months of passage of the federal budget.

The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority’s Community Development Division administers the HOME program.

CDBG Cumberland County Application

CDBG-CV Cumberland County Application Guideline

CDBG-CV Cumberland County Application

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