Announcements

State Officials Award $43 Million in Grants to 60 Communities

Atlanta, GA Governor Brian Kemp announced today that sixty local governments will be awarded more than $43 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to help improve their communities.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated the annual funds to Georgia’s CDBG program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. 

“Georgians in these 60 counties and neighboring communities will directly benefit from the quality-of-life improvements provided by the CDBG program,” Governor Kemp said.  “Our infrastructure investments are yielding great dividends, attracting major manufacturers and jobs to our state and helping keep Georgia the number one state for business.”

The CDBG program is available to eligible local governments.  The annual grants support community projects, create jobs, and assist low and moderate-income citizens. This year’s grant awards will fund $29.9 million in infrastructure projects, $5.8 million in housing and multiactivity projects, and $7.4 million in various building projects.

“I am extremely proud of these investments and the community impact that will result from each one.  These awards represent careful planning, hard work, and a commitment to improving local communities,” said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn.

The CDBG grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis.  This year, Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs received more than 100 applications for more than $70 million. 

A complete list of 2021 CDBG awards is attached.

Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of a proposed Substantial Amendment to the Federal FY2019 Annual Action Plan. The proposed amendment involves a supplemental allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (CDBG-CV grants). The purpose of the public hearing is to receive citizen comments on the CDBG-CV Substantial Amendment.

A summary of the initial proposed use is found in the link provided at the bottom of the page.

A waiver provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reduces the comment period for Substantial Amendments to no less than five (5) days. The public comment period began on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­December 10, 2020 with the posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by e-mail to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed Substantial Amendment and inviting comments through December 17, 2020. All parties, organizations, and individuals interested in reviewing a copy of the Substantial Amendment may do so on DCA’s website at www.dca.ga.gov. You may direct comments during the open comment period to:

By email to:  cdbg-cv@dca.ga.gov

Or by mail to:

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Community Finance Division/CDBG-CV
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, Ga 30329

DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1009502718923806219.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

All comments received during the public hearing and the public comment period will be considered and a summary incorporated into the Substantial Amendment.

To view the public hearing held, please click here.

FFY2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applicants' Workshop

Join us for a webinar beginning on Feb 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST and Feb 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST.

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. It is designed to provide an opportunity to learn the details involved in putting together a competitive application, to ask questions, and to share information. Attendance is strongly encouraged for applicant local government officials, grant administrators as well as engineers/architects interested in learning more about the CDBG application process.

To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6323438019105799949.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Questions:  Contact kim.carter@dca.ga.gov

 

The State of Georgia's Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is proposing to amend its current Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018/State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019 Method of Distribution (MOD) and to propose a new FFY 2019/SFY 2020 MOD for the State's Non-Entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. The MOD affects the CDBG Annual Competition, the CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP), the CDBG Redevelopment Fund (RDF) program, the Immediate Threat and Danger (ITAD) Program, and the 108 Loan Guarantee program. Amendments to the MOD require U.S Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approval prior to enactment. The draft of the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs may be found as documents detailed below.

The public may contact DCA directly at (404) 679-0594 or through the TDD line at (404) 679-4915 to receive a written copy of the amended Method of Distribution.

Comments by the public regarding the amended and proposed MODs will be accepted for a period of review and consideration, ending 5:00 p.m., December 9, 2018.  The State encourages citizens and other interested parties to review the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs and to submit comments to kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov or to:

CDBG Method of Distribution
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Attn: Kathleen Vaughn
60 Executive Park South NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-2231

A Public Hearing regarding the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs will be held at the following:

November 29, 2018 –10:00 AM
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Room 178
60 Executive Park South
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 679-0594
Email: kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov
Web:
www.dca.ga.gov

The public may also join the public hearing via webinar. Please register for the CDBG Method Distribution Public Hearing on November 29, 2018, 10:00 AM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4669776910955827459.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact Kathleen Vaughn at: (404) 679-0594 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov

 

60 communities to get funding for critical community needs

Atlanta, GA (August 24, 2018) – Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 60 Georgia communities will receive a total of more than $40 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

"Strong and prosperous communities enhance the quality of life for citizens and generate economic development opportunities across the state," said Deal. "The CDBG program enables cities and counties to direct federal funding to address critical community needs and revitalize the local economies that need it most. By investing in smaller cities and rural areas, we are preparing an even brighter future for all of Georgia, maximizing opportunities for citizens and further solidifying Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state in the nation for business."

"CDBG is a vital community development tool for rural Georgia," said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn. "This program’s impact can be felt in every corner of our state."

Of this year’s grant awards, $38.2 million will go to infrastructure projects such as neighborhood revitalization, construction of community facilities, and water, sewer, drainage or street improvements. An additional $2.8 million will be disbursed through the Employment Incentive Program (EIP) and the Redevelopment Fund, which together are projected to create 345 new jobs and generate $50.2 million in additional private investment.

Since 2011, the CDBG program’s investments in new and enhanced health care facilities have helped more than 30,000 Georgians gain access to improved health care services, primarily in hard-to-reach areas. Over the last eight years, the CDBG program has funded critical projects to improve water and sewer services for more than 125,000 people in rural communities. DCA has granted 59 EIP awards during the last eight award cycles to create 5,292 jobs and retain 308 more. Since 2011, EIP has generated more than $1.32 billion in private investment across the state. From 2011 to 2018, more than 12,000 children, youth and seniors have benefitted from the construction of public facilities such as community centers and Boys and Girls Clubs.

A complete list of the 2018 CDBG awards is attached. Communities are listed in alphabetical order.

For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards, please visit DCA’s website at dca.ga.gov and search for CDBG. In addition, informational sessions for CDBG recipient communities and elected officials will take place during the DCA Fall Conference, which is scheduled for October 10-11, 2018, at the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia. Please go to the DCA homepage to register and/or find out more information about the workshop. Workshop-related questions may also be directed to Dana Mykytyn at (404) 679-5275 or Dana.Mykytyn@dca.ga.gov.

About the Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to build strong and vibrant neighborhoods, commercial and industrial areas through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified Georgians with low and moderate incomes buy homes, rent housing and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of a proposed 2nd Substantial Amendment to the Federal FY2019 Annual Action Plan. The proposed amendment involves a supplemental allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (CDBG-CV grants). The purpose of the public hearing is to receive citizen comments on the 2nd CDBG-CV Substantial Amendment.

DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2273784963726038798. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Summary: This 2nd Substantial Amendment addresses the appropriation of $82,850,607 through the first three tranches of CARES CDBG-CV and possible additional funding through the third tranche for the State through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136 to allow funding for activities to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the Coronavirus.

Specifically, Georgia’s amendment will alter the previous CDBG-CV amendment made due to subsequent federal funding added to various programs in response to the COVID-19:

  • Retain planning activities approved in the prior amendment;
  • Allocate the remainder of the funding to eligible public facility activities; and
  • Modify the CDBG Method of Distribution for the CDBG-CV program.

The additional programming and substantial funding increase from the CARES Act depicted in the chart below require a substantial amendment and public notice as described in the Citizen Participation Plan.

Modifications for Program Year 2019

Proposed Activity                Ending Date                                   Existing Budget                                         New Budget                                                                                                           

Increase Funding/Programming
CDBG-CV Round 1                12/31/2026                                     New Funding/NA                                     $   24,960,281
Public Facilities – to support response to COVID-19                                                                                    $   23,213,061
Administration & Technical Assistance                                                                                                          $     1,747,220

CDBG-CV Round 2                12/31/2026                                     New Funding/NA                                     $   35,499,505
Public Facilities – to support response to COVID-19                                                                                    $   32,014,540
Administration & Technical Assistance                                                                                                          $     2,484,965

CDBG-CV Round 3                12/31/2026                                     New Funding/NA                                     $   22,390,821
Planning                                                                                                                                                        $     2,051,065
Public Facilities – to support response to COVID-19                                                                                    $   18,772,399
Administration & Technical Assistance                                                                                                          $     1,567,357

Total CDBG-CV CARES Act funding (Rounds 1, 2 and 3)                                                                        $   82,850,607

Proposed activity changes by Program:  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Community Finance Division, as the designated administrator of the State of Georgia’s State CDBG and CDBG-CV programs amends the program activity to use the CARES Act funding to fund public assistance activities which includes the construction, rehabilitation or enhancement of public facilities which may include capital expenses for food banks and/or food pantries and/or access to rural health care.

CDBG-CV Rounds 1, 2 & 3 – Public Facilities

  • DCA will work to identify public facility improvements necessary to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to” COVID-19.
  • Nine food banks exist across the state of Georgia, serving all 159 counties.  Food banks have experienced a dramatic increase in demand as a response to COVID-19.  To continue the response to COVID-19 and prepare for future surges or events, additional physical capacity is needed by the food banks.  Funding from CDBG-CV will be available for local governments in those impacted communities to apply for funding to address facility enhancements to meet demand that has resulted from COVID-19.
  • Operating with a hub-and-spoke model, food banks across Georgia work directly with food pantries to provide much needed food to individuals in need throughout the state.  These food pantries were not designed to meet the demand levels that have been experienced due to COVID-19.  Georgia’s CDBG-CV program will accept applications from local governments to support eligible food pantries as they seek to respond to COVID-19 and prepare for future surges or events.
  • The pandemic further evidenced the lack of access to health care in rural portions of Georgia.  As access to health care directly impacts individuals and how care is administered both for coronavirus and in times of coronavirus.  Data indicates that care, especially in rural parts of the state, has been lagging.  To address this, DCA intends to offer funds to eligible applicants for facilities that will address a range of health concerns from public health departments, vaccine facilities, or any health-related facility that the Department deems necessary to prevent, prepare for or respond to COVID-19.
  • Entitlement and non-entitlement local governments will be eligible to apply for funding to enhance the capabilities of food banks to respond to COVID-19.  Local governments will be eligible to apply for funding to improve facilities for food pantry and health care access within communities typically eligible to receive funding from the state CDBG annual competition. 

The State of Georgia plans to amend the current Method of Distribution to directly fund entitlement as well as non-entitlement units of local government for the CARES Act funding.

To date, the State of Georgia has received three rounds of CARES Act funding totaling $ 82,850,607. DCA will make awards following the requirements as set forth in the CDBG-CV Federal Register Notice FR-6218-N-01 dated August 20, 2020.

A portion of the funds will be used for the administrative costs incurred by the State and its grantees.

Public Comments: The State of Georgia is providing notice for the following public comment period:

  • Comment Period to Add CARES Act funding and to modify the CDBG MOD:
    A five-day public comment period begins on May 18, 2021 with the posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by email to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed amendment and inviting comments through May 25, 2021.

    The 2nd Substantial Amendment and DCA’s Citizens Participation Plan is available on the Georgia Department Affairs website at www.dca.ga.gov.  Comments and questions may be submitted:

By email to:  cdbg-cv@dca.ga.gov

Or by mail to:
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Community Finance Division/CDBG-CV
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, Ga 30329

All comments received during the public hearing will be considered and a summary incorporated into the Substantial Amendment.

 

February 2, 2021 - Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of the drafting of the FFY20/21 for the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant Method of Distribution. The proposed Method of Distribution outlines the national program goals and objectives outlined in Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act as well as the State’s CDBG program goals to accomplish the following:

  • Address State and community priorities;
  • Ensure fairness in the treatment of all applications;
  • Promote the development of affordable housing;
  • Assist communities in preserving and developing basic infrastructure and public facilities; and
  • Support economic development activities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons through job training and job creation.

Georgia’s FFY2020/2021 CDBG program is offered to eligible cities and counties for a wide range of activities as authorized under Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974, as amended. The eligible activities for the FFY2020/2021 program year are described within the Method of Distribution which can be downloaded/viewed at https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5875.

The public comment period began on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­February 3, 2021 by posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by e-mail to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed Method of Distribution and inviting comments through February 15, 2021. All parties, organizations, and individuals interested in reviewing a copy may do so on DCA’s website at www.dca.ga.gov. You may direct comments during the open comment period to:

 

By email to:  cdbg.biz@dca.ga.gov

 

Or by mail to:
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Community Finance Division/CDBG
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, Ga 30329

DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Monday, February, 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/675284170639009808. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

As we near the April 1st deadline for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Revitalization Area Strategy (RAS) applications, we are mindful of how the COVID-19 crisis may have affected local governments and partner organizations preparing for an application submission.  Therefore, we are extending the deadline for the FY20 State CDBG Annual Competition for Non-Entitlement Communities to Friday, May 1, 2020.  All applications must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by May 1, 2020.  Hand delivered applications will not be accepted; only mailed applications received by the deadline from USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. will be accepted. We are unable to guarantee staffing in the building and are proactively limiting human interactions in response to the virus. We encourage the submission of completed applications as soon as possible and welcome early submissions.  

As it relates to deadlines, all threshold related deadlines previously set for April 1 have been extended.  The deadlines referenced on page 13 of the FY2020 CDBG Applicants’ Manual are revised as follows:

Annual Competition Application

Received no later than May 1, 2020

Completion of Professional Procurement

May 1, 2020

Completion of Tribal Consultation

May 1, 2020

Revitalization Area Strategy Application

Received no later than May 1, 2020

Exceptions to the “Every Other Year” Rule

Applicants must have a current WaterFirst, PlanFirst, RAS, or GICH designation (active in the three-year program OR Certified Alumni)

May 1, 2020

Proposed CDBG Project must be included in the Service Delivery Strategy

May 1, 2020*

The Service Delivery Act (HB 489)

May 1, 2020*

QLG/Comprehensive Planning

May 1, 2020*

DCA Local Government Finance Report requirements

May 1, 2020*

Government Management Indicators Survey

May 1, 2020*

Local Government Audit Act

May 1, 2020*

Deadline for CDBG Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Compliance

May 1, 2020

The deadlines below remain in effect:

Timeliness Deadline

July 1, 2020

Deadline for Submission of Bonus Point Documentation

July 1, 2020

Deadline for Submission of Leverage Documentation

July 1, 2020

Submission of RLF Closeout for Bonus Points

July 1, 2020

*Additional information regarding these items are detailed in the following section.

Local Government Compliance Deadline Extension

For those local governments with a FY2019 audit due to the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts and/or FY2019 Report of Local Government Finance due to the Georgia Department of Affairs due between March 31 and June 30, a one-time 90-day extension may be requested. If necessary, this combined DOAA/DCA extension may be requested by the local government’s Chief Elected Official (Commission Chair, Mayor, etc.), and would be applicable only for FY2019 submissions due between March 31-June 30, 2020. Additional guidance on extension requests will be available in the coming days.

Jurisdictions which request and are granted extensions for any of the DCA or DOAA requirements identified above by the existing deadline will not be penalized in applications for funding, program designations, or other state-administered benefits. 

Gov. Brian Kemp today announced that 58 Georgia communities will receive a total of $40.7 million in federal community development assistance. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 

The CDBG program is available to eligible local governments through a competitive grant program. Each year, CDBG supports community projects that create jobs and assist citizens with low and moderate incomes. These grants will benefit infrastructure projects such as neighborhood revitalization and water and sewer improvements, as well as facilities for special populations such as youth and senior citizens.

“Year after year, local governments across Georgia collaborate with citizens to address their needs regarding the places they call home,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “This year’s CDBG awards reflect how a unified and solutions-based approach can help communities to thrive and build towards a sustainable future.”

DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn echoed Gov. Kemp’s sentiment: “It is extremely fulfilling to see the long-term impact CDBG funds have in Georgia. Investments this year will provide essential resources that benefit communities for years to come."

Click here to see a listing of this year's award recipients and descriptions.  

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) received 85 applications requesting $58,671,086 in assistance through the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY 2020 Annual Competition. A detailed analysis of the types of applications received and the amounts requested as well as an alphabetical listing with project descriptions are provided. The Community Finance Division (CFD) has begun its review of the applications using evaluation and scoring criteria outlined in the FFY 2020 CDBG Applicants’ Manual. Funding announcements are anticipated in August 2020.

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