Community Planning and Grants
 

Annual Action Plan Survey

In order to continue the planning phase of the Howard County’s FFY2017 Annual Action Plan, the Department’s staff has created an online survey  to acquire additional feedback from you. The Department will use the results of the survey as well as the content of discussions from the public needs hearing to inform, create and draft  the Annual Action Plan. This survey is for any service provider, advocate or entity that provide housing and/or services to persons in Howard County.  Click here for the survey.


We look forward to your continued participation in this effort.  Feel free to extend to any other partners in Howard County that work with housing vulnerable populations.

 

Approved FFY2016-FFY2020 Consolidated Plan / FFY2016 Annual Action Plan 

The FFY16 Consolidated Plan was approved August 3, 2016.  The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program that must be completed by the entitlement community every five (5) years.  The Howard County Five Year Consolidated Plan establishes the goals Howard County proposes for the next five (5) year period and outlines the specific initiatives the County will undertake to address these goals by encouraging the development of decent housing, promoting a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities.  The FFY16 Annual Action Plan is approved within the FFY16 Consolidated Plan.  The Annual Action Plan is also required by HUD and must be approved during the every year during the Approved Consolidated Plan time-frame.  The Annual Action Plan describes specific actions the County will take during the program year to implement the goals and objectives outlined in the Approved Consolidated Plan.

 

FFY2015 DRAFT Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (FFY15 DRAFT CAPER)

             

The FFY15 CAPER is a report mandated by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for all communities that receive Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funding.  The CAPER reports the accomplishments set forth in the FFY15 Action Plan.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1180 general units of local government and States.

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.

The annual CDBG appropriation is allocated between States and local jurisdictions called "non-entitlement" and "entitlement" communities respectively. Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities). States distribute CDBG funds to non-entitlement localities not qualified as entitlement communities.

HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.

Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

HOME Investment Partnership funds provides formula grants to States and local jurisdictions that communities use often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, acquire, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income persons. HOME is the largest Federal grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. The program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development. The program's flexibility allows States and local governments to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees or other forms of credit enhancement, or rental assistance or security deposits. Public Notice and Notice of Public Hearing
Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development