Federal Grant Programs

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (CDBG)

The primary objective of the CDBG Program is to increase the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing within the City’s communities and to support the programs that are designed to assist low- and moderate-income families and individuals while stimulating and fostering economic growth.

CDBG funds are used for a wide range of activities, including housing rehabilitation, removal of dilapidated structures, property acquisition, economic development, public improvements, and public services.  The City will use this funding to carry out the following activities: owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, acquisition of additional properties and vacant lots to create additional affordable units, emergency repairs for qualified owner-occupied residents, and demolition and clearance of deteriorated structures.  In addition, the City will set aside $50,000 - $70,000 for nonprofits that provide public services to the community.  The City received a CDBG entitlement amount for FY 2020-2021 of $680,540.

Public Service Agency Assistance

Each year the City sets aside between 10% and 12% of its annual CDBG allocation for eligible nonprofits that provide supportive or human services assistance.  Among the organizations that receive assistance are Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Cooperative Christian Ministry, and Prosperity Unlimited, Inc.

HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM (HOME)

Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium

The Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium was formed in 2005 for the purpose of cooperatively providing safe, decent and affordable housing to low- and moderate- income citizens living within eight (8) adjacent local governments, which includes the  City of Concord, Cabarrus County, Iredell County, the City of Kannapolis, the Town of Mooresville, the City of Salisbury, the City of Statesville, and Rowan County. There also are three (3) community housing development organizations (CHDOs) that are part of the Consortium.  The City of Concord is the Lead Entity of the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium and is authorized to request, submit, and receive HOME funds for the Consortium directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City distributes funds to Consortium Members, manages the program, and ensures regulatory compliance. 

Eligible activities include the construction of affordable single-family and rental housing, property acquisition, the purchase/rehab/resale of affordable housing and down payment assistance for low- and moderate-income, first-time homebuyers.  The Consortium Members and the CHDOs will carry out the following activities during the FY 2020-2021 funding cycle:  new construction of affordable homes for purchase, downpayment assistance for qualified first-time homebuyers,  housing rehabilitation assistance for qualified, owner-occupied residents, and acquisition of existing housing stock to rehabilitate and resale as affordable units. The City received a HOME entitlement Consortium amount of $1,304,995 for FY 2020-2021, of which $177,750 is allocated to the City of Concord.

Disaster Recovery Assistance Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

The City received CARES funds in early April to be used to address coronavirus-related housing and homeless needs within the City.  CARES funding can be used for a wide range of activities, including housing rehabilitation, economic development and to support services that directly assist individuals that were impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic.  The City received an allocation of $400,339 for FY 2020-2021, and the City has already allocated $131,284 to select public service agencies that respond to immediate needs related to COVID-19.

Cabarrus County received Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) to address needs within the County and the County allocated a total of $1,252,112 directly to the City to address COVID-19 related issues within our City limits.

The City also received another allocation of CARES funding for rental assistance in addition to the other uses that were mentioned above.  The City received a second allocation of $604,865 in September to address additional immediate needs.

For more information about these programs, contact Pepper Bego at begop@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5133.

To learn more about these programs and the City’s funding, access the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s website directly by clicking here: www.hud.gov

Click here for details on CDBG and HOME Grant Programs.