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Community Development Block Grant

West Hartford Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report 

HUD has approved West Hartford’s 2017 Annual Action Plan and West Hartford’s 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance Report. A copy of the approval letter is provided here.

The 2017 Annual Action Plan and the subsequent 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report are available for review during normal business hours in The West Hartford Department of Social Services, room 306, West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street. A copy of each report is also posted here: 

Community Block Grant Entitlement

FUND

DEPARTMENT PROGRAM FY 2018 ADOPTED

CDBG (Fund 13)

Community Development
Housing Rehab Administration
$168,510
CDBG (Fund 13)

Community Development

Code Enforcement
$150,000

CDBG (Fund 14) – Housing Rehab

Community Development
Housing Rehabilitation
175,000
CDBG (Fund 13)
Leisure & Social
Hillcrest Outreach
79,848
CDBG (Fund 13)
Leisure & Social
Volunteer Services
51,821
CDBG (Fund 13)
Leisure & Social
Public Facility Improvements
104,091
CDBG (Fund 13)
Leisure & Social
CDBG Administration
149,894


   TOTAL
$879,164


Town of West Hartford to Submit Application to HUD for Community
Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG)

West Hartford's 2016 CDBG Annual Action Plan


Town of West Hartford Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

It is anticipated that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be allocating approximately $875,000.00 in CDBG funds to the Town of West Hartford. These funds are to be appropriated within West Hartford’s FY 2018-2019 budget. CDBG activities must provide a benefit principally to low-mod income persons. Two public hearings are scheduled during which interested parties can learn more about West Hartford’s CDBG program(s) and make public comment on the Town’s use of CDBG funds and its community development needs:

1. Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00-7:00 PM, Elmwood Community Center,
Room 110, 1066 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford

2. Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 5:00-6:00 PM, West Hartford Town Hall,
Room 217, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford

 Discussion will also include HUD's Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and a preliminary assessment of its impact on West Hartford.

 Individuals with a disability or persons needing special assistance in order to participate in the hearing process or those seeking additional information should contact Theresa Lerner in West Hartford’s Social Services Department at 561-7565 or Theresa.Lerner@westhartfordctgov.


West Hartford to Amend its 2015 Annual Action Plan

On March 18, 2016, West Hartford will submit to HUD a substantial amendment to its 2015 Annual Action Plan.
The Town of West Hartford has re-allocated $368,000.00 in CDBG funding from its 2014 Program year to its 2015 Program Year. These funds are available because West Hartford’s 2014 Housing Rehabilitation program experienced higher than anticipated reimbursements from property owners who had previously participated in the Housing Rehabilitation Program. The result is that these funds became available for reallocation and have been re-assigned as follows: (1) ADA-compliant restrooms and changing areas project at Cornerstone Aquatics Center - $118,000. (2) ADA-compliant restroom facility at Eisenhower Park - $100,000 and (3) Complete reconstruction of Vera and Jessamine Streets - $150,000.

 

ADA and PUBLIC FACILITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR SPRING AND SUMMER – 2016


Project Title

Updated Schedule; as of 02/12/2016

Description

Estimated Total Project Cost

Funding - ALL Sources

Cornerstone Aquatic Center (ADA-compliant changing rooms and restroom facilities)

Work to begin during summer, 2016 and to be completed during fall, 2016

Reconstruct and convert existing storage area into ADA-compliant restrooms and changing areas. Other miscellaneous ADA improvements in the main lobby to accommodate handicapped visitors. This is the second phase of ADA improvements to the facility. CDBG portion of budget $118,000; balance of funding to come from the Town of West Hartford’s Building Improvement fund.

$300,000

From Town Building Improvement Fund: $ 182,000; From 2015 CDBG (re-assigned from 2014 CDBG): $118,000

Eisenhower Park (restroom facilities)

Work to be completed during summer, 2016

Demolition of an existing locker room and restroom facilities and replacement with an ADA compliant restroom facilities, including a covered patio and pathway. CDBG portion of this project will include only the ADA-compliance aspects. CDBG portion of the budget is $100,000 with the balance to be paid through the West Hartford Leisure Services Capital Improvement Project fund.

$160,000

From Leisure Services Capital Improvement Fund: $60,000; From 2015 CDBG (re-assigned from 2014 CDBG): $100,000

Road Resurfacing (in HUD-designated LMI areas)

Work to be completed during spring & summer, 2016

Milling, paving and re-surfacing - roads situated in West Hartford's HUD-designated low/mod income areas.

$150,000

From 2015 CDBG (re-assigned from 2014 CDBG): $150,000

 

On March 16, 2016, 5:00 PM, in Town Hall room 217, West Hartford will hold a public hearing during which this amendment will be presented to interested parties. Anyone interested in making comments or who may have questions about this proposed amendment, and/or any individuals with a disability or who may need special assistance in order to understand and/or comment on this proposed amendment can contact Edward Sanady, West Hartford Town Hall, Room 306, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107, 860-561-7565; e-mail: ed@westhartford.org. All such comments must be submitted prior to 4:30 PM, Thursday, March 17, 2016. 


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.

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.