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Community Development Block Grant

CDBG Eligible Activities

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to: 
acquisition of real property; relocation and demolition; rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures; construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes; public services, within certain limits; activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities.

Activities Ineligible for CDBG Funding:

Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible: Acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government; political activities; certain income payments; and construction of new housing by units of general local government.

HUD Administrative Requirements

To receive its annual CDBG entitlement grant, a grantee must develop and submit to HUD its Five-Year Consolidated Plan; a jurisdiction's comprehensive planning document and application for CDBG funding. The goals will serve as the criteria against which HUD will evaluate a jurisdiction's Plan and its performance under the Plan. Also, the Consolidated Plan must include several required certifications, including that not less than 70% of the CDBG funds received, over a one, two or three year period specified by the grantee, will be used for activities that benefit low and moderate income persons, and that the grantee will affirmatively further fair housing.

Citizen Participation

A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan which provides for, and encourages, citizen participation and which emphasizes participation by persons of low- or moderate-income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds.

The plan must: provide citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information, and records related to the grantee's proposed and actual use of funds; provide for public hearings to obtain citizen views and to respond to proposals and questions at all stages of the community development program, including at least the development of needs, the review of proposed activities, and review of program performance; provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances; and identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public hearings where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate. 

For more information: Please feel free to contact West Hartford Social Services; 860-561-7565.


2018 CDBG Annual Action Plan 

Town of West Hartford to submit 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan (AAP).  This plan includes the allocation and prioritization of Federal funds for housing and community development programs over a one-year period; 07/01/18-06/30/19.  On or about August 1, 2018 this plan will be submitted for approval to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  This AAP includes the planned appropriation of West Hartford’s 2018 to 2019 CDBG of $967,061 in funding from HUD.  Approved activities include: Code Enforcement, Housing Rehabilitation, CDBG Program Administration, Public Services and Public Facility Improvements.

A copy of this plan is available for review and public comment during normal business hours in (1.) Division of Social Services, Room 306, West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street and (2.) on the Town’s website, click here.

Copies can be e-mailed by contacting Theresa Lerner, 860-561-7575.  Written comments will be accepted prior to 4:30 PM, Wednesday, August 1, 2018. These can be submitted to: Theresa Lerner, Room 306, West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT, 06107. 

2018 Annual Action Plan  2017 Annual Action Plan 2016 Annual Action Plan



Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development

As a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Community, every five-years West Hartford is required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to submit for approval a strategic plan; the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development (CON-Plan). Preparation of West Hartford’s 2015 to 2019 CON-Plan began in the early-fall of 2014. It was completed in the spring of 2015 and submitted to HUD in mid-May. HUD reviewed West Hartford’s CON-Plan over the summer then approved it in August. Below is a link to a copy of this plan.

CDBG 2015 Five-Year Consolidated Plan

West Hartford’s Community Development Block Grant Program; CDBG - Basic Overview

Annually, the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides federal grant funding to state and local governments. HUD provides these grants on a formula basis to select cities, counties and states in order to assist in the development of viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments and expanded economic opportunities for residents who are low and moderate income persons. 

West Hartford is defined by HUD as a CDBG “entitlement” community. As such, based on the size and the age of its housing stock, West Hartford receives a formula-based grant to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services. The table below indicates the amounts of these grants for the past ten years.


West Hartford CDBG Grant History

Prog Year

CDBG Grant

(decr) incr: $$

(decr) incr: %

2000 to 2001

$1,337,000

N/A

N/A

2001 to 2002

$1,322,000

-$15,000

1.1200%

2002 to 2003

$1,244,000

-$78,000

5.9000%

2003 to 2004

$1,270,000

$26,000

2.0900%

2004 to 2005

$1,306,000

$36,000

2.8300%

2005 to 2006

$1,234,582

-$71,418

5.4700%

2006 to 2007

$1,115,814

-$118,768

9.6300%

2007 to 2008

$1,117,178

$1,364

0.1220%

2008 to 2009

$1,083,518

-$33,660

3.0130%

2009 to 2010

$1,102,902

$19,384

0.0179%

2010 to 2011

$1,202,058

$99,156

0.0899%

2011 to 2012

$1,003,854

-$198,204

16.4880%

2012 to 2013

$807,938

-$195,916

19.5163%

2013 to 2014

$850,974

$43,036

5.3627%

2014 to 2015

$853,719

$2,741

0.3220%

2015 to 2016

$846,863

-$6,856

0.8031%


As an Entitlement community, West Hartford develops its own programs and funding priorities. HUD requires that grantees give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Grantees may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.