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Governor Deal announces more than $37.5 million in community development awards

Governor Nathan Deal has announced that 59 Georgia communities will receive 61 community development awards totaling $37.55 million in federal assistance to help 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 Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The annual grants are one of DCA’s most recognized, competitive and vital programs, maximizing the opportunities offered by HUD’s CDBG program and helping Georgia remain the nation’s top state for business. 

Of the 59 communities receiving grants, 51 will receive $32.7 million in CDBG funds for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers to serve citizens in need. Also, $4.8 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP) and Redevelopment Fund (RDF) awards have been presented to 10 Georgia communities to invest in redevelopment and economic development projects that are creating 446 jobs and generating $117 million in private investment.

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

 

The Governor's Press Release

2017 Award List (MS Word)

2017 Award List with Descriptions (PDF)

2017 Fall Conference Draft Agenda (PDF)

2017 DCA Fall Conference Registration

2017 DCA Fall Conference Hotel Registration

2017 DCA Fall Conference

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will conduct its 2017 DCA Fall Conference on October 3–5, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.  The goal of the conference is to provide opportunities for engaging with DCA across all of our program areas, as well as to deliver necessary training to grant recipients for a variety of DCA programs.

This conference is intended to allow communities to collaborate with our staff, and with each other, to tackle issues of great importance.  Our agenda for the conference will include:

  • Grant recipient training for CDBG, CHIP and ARC awards;
  • Strategy sessions for local elected officials and staff on how to address housing issues within your community;
  • Community Planning Institute (CPI) courses for AICP certification maintenance credits;
  • Main Street 101 sessions; and
  • A guided walking tour.

 

DCA is also excited to announce that this year we will celebrate with an Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 4.  This will give us an opportunity to present “big checks” and other awards to communities who have received financial awards or other designations throughout the year.  Communities will be recognized if, over the past year, they have received CDBG, CHIP, OneGeorgia, ARC, and Emergency Solutions grants, as well as GICH, PlanFirst, WaterFirst, or Main Street GEMS designations.

We have reserved a block of rooms for this conference at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.  The group room rate is $164, and the deadline for reserving rooms is September 15, 2017.  Please make your reservations as soon as possible even though all awards have not yet been announced.

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If you have questions or need additional information regarding the conference, please contact Alyssa Justice at (404) 679-3154.  A draft agenda and more details regarding registration fees will be provided as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

 

114 CDBG 2017 Annual Competition Applications Received by DCA

On April 3, 2017, DCA received 114 CDBG Annual Competition applications and 20 Revitalization Area Strategy (RAS) applications or reports. The applications propose to benefit 39,850 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 2017, 52 communities are proposing water or sewer projects, 25 communities are proposing street and drainage projects, 15 communities are proposing building projects in order to benefit clients receiving specialized services, 6 communities are proposing multi-infrastructure improvements (usually a combination of water or sewer and street and drainage) and 16 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:

2017 Application List with Descriptions (PDF)
2017 Application Analysis (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)



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:

https://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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