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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
122008_103208_0.jpg      City of Taunton, Massachusetts
              Mayor Thomas Hoye
           Taunton Municipal Council

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants to States, larger cities, and counties for a broad range of activities that preserve and develop viable urban communities.  The program’s principal beneficiaries are low-moderate income households.  
The City of Taunton, through the Office of Economic & Community Development (OECD), receives federal CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as an entitlement community on an annual basis to support the program’s goals.
The City of Taunton provides CDBG funding to sub grantees that engage in eligible activities that support the goals of the CDBG program.
Program Goals
circlebullet.jpg  Provide decent, safe and sanitary housing,
circlebullet.jpg  Provide a suitable living environment, and to
circlebullet.jpg  Expand economic opportunities.
Eligible Applicants
Public Service Provider, Affordable housing sponsors and developers, public institutions and other City Departments/Agencies.
Terms of Funding Assistance
Funds are available as a grant or a loan.
Income Eligibility
The gross annual household income for 51% of the persons served by CDBG funds must be 80% of the median income as set by HUD.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determines the income limits annually. Household income is determined by the number of persons in the household and the total gross household income. Income limits for the Taunton-Mansfield-Norton HUD-Metro Fair Market Rent Area (HMFA), which Taunton is included, will be provided upon application.
Eligible Uses of Funds
CDBG Funds may be used for a wide variety of activities that address the need for new or improved public improvements and facilities, economic development opportunities, improving the supply or condition of housing, and public services.
Eligible activities can be grouped as:
1.      Real Property and Housing-related activities
circlebullet.jpgAcquisition of land and or buildings.
circlebullet.jpgDisposition of land or buildings.
circlebullet.jpgInstallation or construction of a public facility – such as a park or shelter for homeless persons- or a public improvement – such as a paved road or water/sewer system.
circlebullet.jpgClearance and demolition.
circlebullet.jpgInterim assistance for limited activities in deteriorated areas that require immediate action.
circlebullet.jpgCompletion of Urban Renewal projects.
circlebullet.jpgAcquisition, construction, installation, or improvements of privately owned utilities.
Rehabilitation of properties, including:
circlebullet.jpgPrivately-owned homes
circlebullet.jpgPublicly-owned residential housing
circlebullet.jpgPublicly or privately-owned commercial or industrial buildings
circlebullet.jpgNonresidential buildings owned by nonprofits
circlebullet.jpgManufactured housing when it is part of the permanent housing supply
circlebullet.jpgCode enforcement.
circlebullet.jpgHistoric Preservation.
circlebullet.jpgRenovation of closed buildings.
circlebullet.jpgLead-based paint testing, evaluation, reduction, and clearance.

2.      Public Services activities (capped at 15% of Entitlement funds)

A non-exhaustive list of eligible services includes:
circlebullet.jpgEmployment training
circlebullet.jpgCrime prevention
circlebullet.jpgChild care
circlebullet.jpgHealth and drug abuse care and education
circlebullet.jpgFair housing and homebuyer pre-purchase counseling
circlebullet.jpgEnergy conservation

3.      Economic Development Activities
Acquisition of special economic development activities include:
circlebullet.jpgAcquisition, construction, rehabilitation, or installation of commercial or industrial buildings or railroad spurs
circlebullet.jpgGrants, loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies to businesses
circlebullet.jpgAdministrative costs directly related to economic development projects
circlebullet.jpgSpecial activities by Community-Based Community Development Organizations (CBDOs) that are part of a broader effort to revitalize a neighborhood.
circlebullet.jpgAssistance to micro-enterprises, such as – Loans, grants, technical assistance, or supportive services

4.      Planning and Administration (capped at 20% of Entitlement funds)
circlebullet.jpgGeneral Program Administration
Application Process:
1. CDBG applications for funding are available annually, usually in December/January. Eligible applicants are required to complete a CDBG Application and provide the necessary supporting material e.g. financial pro forma, operating budget, etc. Applications for funding are reviewed by the City’s Office of Economic & Community Development (OECD) staff.
2. Once a proposed project is approved by the Office of Economic & Community Development, a recommendation for funding is submitted to the Mayor, who must approve the final commitment of the funds.
For applications and guidelines to apply for CDBG funding contact Michael Ferreira, Community Development Director at 508-821-1030 or e-mail at