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DCA Fall Conference Update: Registration Information

Conference registration will roll forward for all previously registered attendees; please rebook hotel reservations by Oct. 24!

Atlanta, GA (October 13, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Fall Conference and CDBG Workshop has been rescheduled for November 1-2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.  The agenda will remain the same, with sessions and events originally scheduled for Thursday, October 6, now taking place on Tuesday, November 1.  Events set for Friday, October 7, will take place on Wednesday, November 2, including the ceremony to present the “big check” awards to grant recipients.  The updated agenda can be found on DCA’s CDBG website.


If you registered previously for the conference, your registration will roll forward and no action is needed.  However, all hotel reservations were canceled and you will need to rebook your hotel room for the new dates.  Both new and experienced recipients and administrators should attend due to important updates on program requirements.  


As in years past, the CDBG workshop will deliver an overview of program management requirements on topics including Civil Rights, Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity, Procurement, Environmental Review, Labor Standards, Financial Management, and Administration.  CDBG grant recipients are strongly urged to have representation at the workshop.  Staff responsible for the day-to-day administration of the program should attend both days of the workshop.  This year’s expanded conference will also feature a panel discussion by representatives from the department’s planning, housing and finance, and community and economic development divisions. 


The Hyatt Regency Savannah special group rate is $150, with an additional $5.00 per night for hotel/motel occupancy fee. Call 1-888-421-1442, and mention GA DCA 16 Recipients’ Workshop/Fall Conference or click here to make reservations.  If you did not register previously for the conference, or if you have any questions, please contact Lisa Smith at (404) 679-5276 or lisa.smith@dca.ga.gov.


Please make your Hyatt Regency hotel reservation by October 24, 2016 to receive the group rate.



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.

For information related to the DCA Fall Conference/CDBG Recipients’ workshop to be held October 6 – 7 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, please see the following link or contact Lisa Smith at (404) 679-5276 or lisa.smith@dca.ga.gov.

Workshop Registration

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)


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:


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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