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Save the Date for the 2016 State CDBG Recipients’ Workshop


The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will be conducting our annual FY 2016 Recipients’ Workshop, October 6 – 7, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, Two W Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401. Room reservations can be made at the Hyatt Regency by calling 1-888-421-1442; make sure to mention the Georgia DCA 2016 Recipients’ Workshop or simply click the link below. The Hyatt Regency room rate is $150.00 with an additional $5.00 per night hotel/motel occupancy tax included. The Hyatt Regency Hotel reservation link is here. All reservations for the Hyatt Regency must be made by September 14, 2016 to receive the group rate. Further workshop registration information will be forthcoming soon. If you have questions or need additional information regarding the workshop, please contact Lisa Smith at (404) 679-5276.

 

State CDBG Program Requests Comments on Proposed Changes to the 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, limits on use of funds for administration, and matching requirements. DCA has recently reviewed its current MOD and is proposing several changes that will impact these requirements. The link to the document below provides 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, and adjusting the limits on administration and matching requirements.

 

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.

 

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 for a period of 30 days beginning June 7, 2016 through July 7, 2016. We will publish the comments and our responses on DCA's main CDBG web page.

 

We would also welcome comments about any aspect of the State’s current MOD. Please see the following link for this information: Current Method of Distribution.

 

If you have any questions about how to submit comments, please contact Steed Robinson at (404) 679-3168. Also, please feel free to contact Joanie Perry, Division Director, with other questions regarding this process. Ms. Perry may be reached at (404) 679-3173.

 

Proposed Changes to FFY 2017 Method of Distribution

 

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.




DCA Announces 2016 CDBG Applicants' Workshop

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is hosting the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applicants' Workshop December 2-4, 2015, at the Lodge at Callaway Gardens, 4500 Southern Pine Drive, Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822.  We anticipate an application submission deadline of April 1, 2016.

The purpose of this workshop is to inform non-entitlement local government officials and other interested parties of the procedures to be used in preparing CDBG applications.  The workshop is designed to provide an opportunity to learn the details involved in putting together a competitive application, to ask questions, and to share information.  At the workshop, participants will be provided an Applicants' Manual that describes the application process and the guidelines that will be used in evaluating applications.  More details are included below on the Workshop Memorandum and Workshop Draft Agenda.  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 no later than November 25, 2015.  The rate for attending the entire workshop is $150.  Please note that the agenda allows experienced grant writers the option of attending Part II of the workshop for a reduced rate of $100.  A late fee of $30 will be charged for workshop reservations made after November 25,2015.  The deadline for reserving rooms at the conference room rate of $83 is November 23, 2015, so please make your reservations at the Lodge at Callaway Gardens as soon as possible.  The link below allows you to register for the workshop, provides hotel information, and allows you to make reservations at the Lodge at Callaway Gardens.

 

http://www.ciclt.net/sn/events/e_signup.aspx?ClientCode=ciprod&E_ID=500785&RegType=ATT

 

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the workshop please contact Lisa Smith at (404) 679-5276 or lisa.smith@dca.ga.gov.  We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Workshop Memorandum

Workshop Draft Agenda





State of Georgia CDBG 2015 Recipients’ Workshop

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs conducted our annual FY 2015 Recipients’ Workshop, September 10 – 11, 2015 at The Westin Jekyll Island, 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527.

The purpose of this workshop was to provide CDBG Recipients with a broad overview of program management requirements and a detailed briefing on compliance areas such as Environmental Review, Labor Standards, Financial Management and Administration.

Local News Release (Word)

Award Ceremony Pictures




Workshop PowerPoint Presentations

Uniform Act Acquisition

Grant Administration and Financial Management

Neighborhood Revitalization

How to Survive a Monitoring Visit

Accomplishment Reporting

Intro to Fair Housing Equal Opportunity

Fair Housing Equal Opportunity and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Conflict of Interest Prohibition

Environmental

Grant Amendments

Immediate Threat and Danger Program

Labor Standards




Governor Deal announces $36.9 million in community development awards to 78 Georgia communities

 

Governor Nathan Deal has announced that 78 Georgia communities will receive a total of $36.9 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-six Georgia communities will receive almost $31.9 million in Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers that will serve Georgia’s neediest citizens. In addition, $5 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP) and Redevelopment Fund (RDF) funding was recently awarded to 12 Georgia communities to invest in redevelopment and economic development projects that are creating 640 jobs and $198.5 million in private investment.

 

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

http://www.dca.ga.gov/communities/CDBG/index.asp.


The Governor's press release

2015 award list (PDF)

2015 workshop memo (PDF)

Draft workshop agenda (PDF)

2015 award list with descriptions (PDF)




129 CDBG Annual Competition Applications Received by DCA

On April 1, 2015 DCA received 129 CDBG Annual Competition applications and ten Revitalization Area Strategy (RAS) Applications or reports.  The applications propose to benefit 31,631 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 2015, 58 communities are proposing water or sewer projects, 31 communities are proposing street and drainage projects, 14 communities are proposing building projects in order to benefit clients receiving specialized services, and 10 communities are proposing neighborhood revitalization or multi-activity projects.


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

2015 Application List with Descriptions (PDF)

2015 Application analysis (PDF)





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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