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Save the Date for the 2017 CDBG Applicants’ Workshop

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will be conducting the State of Georgia CDBG Applicants’ Workshop December 7-9, 2016, at the Marriott Macon City Center, 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217. We anticipate an application submission deadline of April 1, 2017.

The purpose of this workshop is to inform local government officials and other interested parties of the procedures to be used in preparing State CDBG applications.  The workshop is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn the details involved in putting together a competitive application, to ask questions, and to share information. Please note that in addition to learning about preparing CDBG applications, DCA will continue its training on various Fair Housing Equal Opportunity Requirements, making the workshop also appropriate for current CDBG grantees.

 

In order to ensure ample workshop materials, please complete your registration at the link below no later than November 28, 2016. The link below allows you to register for the workshop, provides hotel information, and allows you to make reservations at the Marriott Macon City Center.

Workshop and Hotel Reservation Link

The rate for attending the entire workshop is $175. Please note that the agenda will allow experienced grant writers the option of attending Part II of the workshop for a reduced rate of $150. A late fee of $30 will be charged for workshop reservations made after November 30, 2016. The group room rate is $89.00, and the deadline for reserving rooms at the Marriott is November 25, 2016. Please make your reservations at the Marriott Macon City Center as soon as possible.

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the workshop, please contact Lisa Smith at (404) 679-5276.  A draft agenda for the workshop will be provided as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

CDBG Applicants' Workshop Agenda 2017 - Draft

 

Governor Deal announces $37.7 million in community development awards to 74 Georgia communities

 

Governor Nathan Deal has announced that 74 Georgia communities will receive a total of $37.7 million in assistance to grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

Sixty-eight Georgia communities will receive $33.3 million in State CDBG funds for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers that will serve Georgia’s neediest citizens. In addition, $4.3 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP) and Redevelopment Fund (RDF) funding was recently awarded to 11 Georgia communities.  The funding is targeted to invest in redevelopment and economic development projects that are creating 511 jobs across the state and will provide leverage for $86.7 million in private investment.

For the Governor’s press release, please see the link below.

The Governor's Press Release

2016 Award List (PDF)

2016 Workshop Memo (PDF)

DCA Fall Conference Agenda - Grant Recipients (PDF)

DCA Fall Conference Agenda - Elected Officials City and County Managers (PDF)

2016 Award List with Descriptions (PDF)

2016 Award Ceremony Pictures

Additional Information on CDBG Awards and Recipient Presentations

Sample Local News Release for 2016 CDBG Awards (Word)

State CDBG Program Requests Comments and Announces Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to the CDBG Method of Distribution


The State of Georgia's Method of Distribution (MOD) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a document required by HUD that must be used by the State in order to fairly and equitably distribute Georgia's allocation of non-entitlement CDBG funds.


The MOD sets out, among other things, maximum grant awards and matching requirements. DCA has recently reviewed its current MOD and is proposing several changes that will impact these requirements. The links below provide background on the State of Georgia’s CDBG program and on these proposed changes to the MOD.


Briefly, these changes include increasing the maximum grant award for single activity projects from $500,000 to $750,000, increasing the maximum grant award for multi-activity projects from $750,000 to $1 million, adjusting the limits on administration and matching requirements, and other changes regarding the State’s CDBG RLF program.


Because these changes are significant, we are soliciting feedback on these changes early in the planning cycle for FFY 2017 CDBG funding (applications normally due April 1, 2017). This will allow DCA time to consider comments from local governments and other interested parties, and to allow sufficient time for preparation of the appropriate manuals and workshop trainings. DCA is also proposing changes to its current Method of Distribution for FFY 2016 in order to make changes to the CDBG set-aside programs.


Our primary method of receiving feedback will be by written comments submitted to CDBG.biz@dca.ga.gov. When submitting e-mails or other documents to this address, please use the subject line “MOD comments”. Comments may also be submitted in writing by addressing them to:


Michael Casper
CDBG MOD comments
Community Finance Division
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South
Atlanta, GA 30329 -- 2231


DCA will accept written comments through October 17, 2016. We will publish the comments and our responses on DCA's main CDBG web page. Also, public hearings will be held at the following times and locations:


September 22, 2016 – 10:00 am                         October 5, 2016 – 4:00 pm
Middle Georgia Regional Commission               Hyatt Regency Savannah
175 Emery Highway, Suite C                                 2 West Bay Street
Macon, GA 31217                                                     Savannah, GA 31401
478-751-6160                                                           912-238-1234
Email: info@mg-rc.org                                           Web: www.hyatt.com
Web: www.middlegeorgiarc.org


We would also welcome comments about any aspect of the State’s current MOD. Please see the following links for additional information:


Current Method of Distribution(PDF)

Summary of Proposed Changes to the Method of Distribution(PDF)

Proposed changes to the FFY 2016 Method of Distribution(PDF)

Proposed changes to the FFY 2017 Method of Distribution(PDF)

 

111 CDBG Annual Competition Applications Received by DCA

On April 1, 2016, DCA received 111 CDBG Annual Competition applications and 14 Revitalization Area Strategy (RAS) applications or reports. The applications propose to benefit 26,431 Georgians by providing needed infrastructure improvements, building construction and renovations, and housing rehabilitation in neighborhoods across the state. The primary purpose of the CDBG program is to benefit low- to moderate income people by developing viable communities, providing decent housing, creating suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities.


For 2016, 50 communities are proposing water or sewer projects, 27 communities are proposing street and drainage projects, 13 communities are proposing building projects in order to benefit clients receiving specialized services, 8 communities are proposing multi-infrastructure improvements (usually a combination of water or sewer and street and drainage) and 13 communities are proposing housing or multi-activity projects (includes housing).


For further information regarding the Annual Competition applications that have been submitted, please see the following links:

2016 Application List with Descriptions (PDF)
2016 Application Analysis (PDF)



Draft - Federal Fiscal Year 2016/State Fiscal Year 2017
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Method of Distribution

The State of Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs is currently preparing its Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Method of Distribution; detailing how the State proposes to use the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The proposal cites specific requirements such as the proposed methods of funding distribution and the program priorities for funding. Comments regarding these matters will be accepted during a 30-day period ending at 5:00 PM on March 3, 2016.


The CDBG Method of Distribution is available for review at www.dca.ga.gov/communities/CDBG/index.asp. Comments regarding the CDBG Method of Distribution should be sent to michael.casper@dca.ga.gov.


Additionally, comments may be submitted to:


Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Attn: Michael Casper


For more information, call (404) 327-6830 or through the TDD line at (404) 679-4915.



 





Section 3 Solicitation Package Available for State CDBG Grantees/Applicants

Section 3 of the U. S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 and the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, requires that economic opportunities generated by federal Housing and Community Development programs shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be given to low- and very low-income persons, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities for these persons.


DCA published its revised Section 3 Policy for subrecipients and contractors/subcontractors on November 1, 2013. DCA has also published its Section 3 Policy Solicitation Package. The DCA Section 3 Policy Solicitation Package is provided in order to promulgate specific requirements and forms to be used by subrecipients and contractors/subcontractors when hiring or contracting is covered by DCA’s Section 3 Policy.


Please note that when applicable subrecipients and contractors/subcontractors are responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable Section 3 law and regulation. See the Section 3 regulations at 24 CFR Part 135. See DCA’s Section 3 Policy Solicitation Package and DCA’s Section 3 Policy at the link below:

http://www.dca.ga.gov/communities/CDBG/programs/CDBGforms.asp





Recent CDBG Accomplishment Data Reports


Economic Development Finance Professional Certification Program

See Economic Development Training (PDF) for details.

Jobs and Private Investment -- CDFD’s "Gap Financing" is Paying Dividends

See Bridging the Financing Gap for details. (PDF)


Georgia Neighborhood Stabilization Program

CDBG 2008 Disaster Supplemental Funding

Details on CDBG 2008 Disaster Supplemental Funding


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