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Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant

2022 CDBG Grant Implementation Webinar Series

The Office of Community Renewal (OCR) is pleased to announce the NYS Community Development Block Grant Program Implementation Webinar Series for recent 2022 CFA and Housing Program awardees that were announced on November 10, 2022

 

OCR program staff will conduct webinar presentations to provide instructions and guidance for implementing and administering successful CDBG projects. The presentations will cover expectations of awardees, program updates and requirements, and tips for success. Staff will conduct Q&A sessions after each webinar.

 

Please use the registration link by clicking here, one registration is required for all sessions, you will be able to select the applicable webinars to participate in.

 

All questions regarding the webinar series may be submitted to [email protected].

 

Participation is required for all recent CDBG CFA and Housing awardees approved on November 10, 2022, the OCR requires that at least one municipal representative attend the respective webinar.

 

The webinar series is open to anyone with an active CDBG project, including recent awardees of CARES funding and anyone that is interested in learning more about the NYS CDBG Program.

 

Click on the link below for a copy of the webinar

NYS CDBG Getting Started

 

NYS CDBG Environmental Review Record

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

2:00 PM

 

NYS CDBG Financial Management

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

2:00 PM

 

NYS CDBG General Program Administration

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

2:00 PM

 

NYS CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

2:00 PM

 

 

Overview

The Office of Community Renewal administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the State of New York. The NYS CDBG program provides financial assistance to eligible cities, towns, and villages with populations under 50,000 and counties with an area population under 200,000, in order to develop viable communities by providing decent, affordable housing, and suitable living environments, as well as expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

The state must ensure that no less than 70% of its CDBG funds are used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The program objectives are achieved by supporting activities or projects that: benefit low- and moderate-income families; create job opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons; prevent or eliminate blight; or address a community development need that poses a serious and imminent threat to the community's health or welfare. Project selection shall take into consideration the recommendation of the relevant regional economic development council or the Commissioner's determination that the proposed project aligns with the regional strategic priorities of the respective region.

 

Forms and Documents

Grant Agreement Forms 
Fillable Forms: Instructions:

Authorized Signature Form For Request For Funds

1-1 Instructions for Authorized Signature Form
ACH/Direct Deposit Authorization of NYS CDBG Funds 1-2 Instructions for Designation of Depository Form
7-2 Program Schedule Form 7-2 Instructions for Program Schedule
8-1 Project Team 8-1 Project Team Instructions
Certification Under Executive Order No. 16  
 
Application and Schedule A Condition Forms
Fillable Forms: Instructions:

Applicant Certification Form

 
Applicant Disclosure Form  
Application Project Team Form   

CDBG Attachment Checklist - CFA

 
CDBG Program Income Report  
Outline for Engineering Report  
Preliminary Budget Table Preliminary Budget Table Instructions
Public Hearing Template First Public Hearing Template Instructions
Public Hearing Requirements  
Public Infrastructure/Public Facilities Activity Detail Form -  Updated 7/15/2022 PF-PI-LC Activity Detail Instructions
Smart Growth Compliance Form  
Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire (VRQ)  
CDOL Application Registration Form  
CDOL Security Manager Registration Form  

 

 Environmental Review Forms
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
2-1 Designation of Certifying Officer  
2-3 Certification of NEPA Classification 2-3 Certification of NEPA Classification 
2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification 2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification 
2-4 NEPA Classification Checklist 2-4 NEPA Classification Checklist
Form 2-5 Statutory Checklist Form 2-5 Statutory Checklist
Form 2-5A Statutory Checklist Form 2-5A Statutory Checklist
2-6 Environmental Assessment Checklist 2-6 Environmental Assessment Factors Guidance
1-3 Request for Release of Funds Form 1-3 Instructions for Request for Release of Funds

 

Disbursement of CDBG Funds
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
1-4 Housing Request for Funds Request for Funds Instructions
1-4B Housing Assistance Summary Form 1-4B Housing Assistance Summary Instructions
1-5 Public Infrastructure - Facility Request for Funds  
1-6 Economic Development Request for Funds  
1-6B Microenterprise Business Project Summary  

 

CDBG Reporting
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
Labor Standards Enforcement Report  
APR Housing Activities APR Housing Activities Instructions
APR Public Water-Public Sewer-Public Facilities Activities APR Public Water-Sewer-Facility Instructions
APR  Economic Development-Small Business Activities-Microenterprise Activities APR Economic Development-Small Business-Microenterprise Instructions

9-1 Federal Assistance Expenditure Form

Form 9-1 Federal Assistance Expenditure Form Instructions

Family Income Form  
Economic Development Job Forms  
CDBG Program Income Report  
CDBG Program Income Fact Sheet  
Rental Lease Addendum Form  
Rental Owner Certification  
Rental Project Compliance Report  
VAWA Lease Addendum v.1 JG (ny.gov)  

 

General Grant Administration
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
5-1 CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance Certification - Rehab 5-1 and 5-2 CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance Plan Certification Instructions
5-2 CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance - Acquisition  
5-9 Calculating Federal Rehabilitation Assistance  
Budget Modification Form Budget Modification Form Instructions
Exhibit 1-1 CDBG Local Recipient Administrative Plan Local Administrative Plan Instructions
HTFC HCR Returned Funds Coversheet  
Economic Development Job Forms Economic Development Instructions
HTFC Model Release Form  
HTFC Property Release Form  
  Instructions for Completing Grant Closeout
Pre-Monitoring Checklist  
Mortgage Affordability Calculation Form Mortgage Affordability Analysis and Calculation Instructions

 

File Maintenance Labels
Fillable Forms:
L-1 Label Instructions
L-2 Program Administration Labels
L-3 Public Facility / Water and Sewer Labels
L-3 Public Facility / Water and Sewer Label Instructions
L-4 Homeownership Labels
L-4 Homeownership Label Instructions
L-5 Housing Rehabilitation Labels
L-5 Housing Rehabilitation Label Instructions
L-6 Micro Enterprise Labels
L-7 Economic Development Labels

 

Program Guidelines

Eligibility

Cities, towns, and villages located in non-entitlement areas with a population under 50,000 and counties with an unincorporated population of 200,000 are eligible to apply for CDBG funding. Eligible applicants must be in substantial compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws, regulations, and Executive Orders that pertain to the CDBG Program.
 

Download Eligible Communities List

New York State Regional Economic Development Regions

 

 

Determining LMI Data

To determine your projects Low-and-Moderate Income (LMI) eligibility, click here.  For assistance in using this tool, please contact your assigned Community or Economic Developer.

 

Low-and-Moderate (LMI) eligibility map tool

 

There are three types of housing projects eligible for CDBG funding:

  • Housing Rehabilitation

  • Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance

  • Private Water/Wastewater System Assistance

The primary goal of any housing project is to increase the supply of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents. Through a needs analysis and detailed survey of income and housing conditions, each applicant will be able to determine the most suitable approach for addressing these goals.

Housing Rehabilitation

The CDBG program is highly flexible, allowing for communities to develop an approach to housing rehabilitation that best suits their needs. Examples include:

  • Direct financial assistance as a grant or loan or a combination thereof
  • Target area for substandard housing located in a defined geographic area
  • Non-target area approach for substandard housing on scattered sites
  • A focus on a certain income categories (i.e. below 50% of the median income)
  • Selection criteria based on severity of need or first come, first serve approach
  • Rehabilitation can be for owner-occupied or renter occupied
  • Rehabilitation on vacant units for low- and moderate-income persons
 

Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance

CDBG Homeownership programs provide financial assistance to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers for the purchase of homes. As with the rehabilitation activities, the program is designed to be flexible so communities can determine the appropriate means of assistance. Activities include the following:

  • Direct financial assistance including down payment assistance and closing costs

  • Counseling of prospective homeowners to ensure applicants have an understanding of program obligations, budgeting, and overhead costs.

  • Minor rehabilitation of certain houses that are otherwise structurally sound.

  • Successful homeownership applications include information on the manner in which the program will be marketed to potential applicants, a list of potential eligible applicants to document the market and need, real estate data including average cost of homes and number of homes available within the price range and evidence that the amount available is sufficient to address the need.


Private Water/Wastewater System Assistance

The CDBG program can help assure safe drinking water and wastewater systems to thorough activities such as drilling of private wells, construction or rehabilitation of septic systems, and installation of lateral connections to low- and moderate-income households from the public water/sewer mains. Applications for funding of lateral connections can be stand-alone projects or can be part of a larger public infrastructure project. However, in order for a community to construct the laterals out of CDBG funds, the homeowners must be low- and moderate-income.

Successful applications for private water/wastewater systems will include evidence that property owners are eligible and willing to participate in the program, information as to how the program will be marketed, and information on the level of subsidy and type of subsidy (loan or grant).

 

Maximum Grant Amounts

Drinking Water – Sanitary Sewer – Storm Drainage – Flood Control
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages  
$1,000,000

*With NYS Co-Funding Initiative
$1,250,000

Joint Applicants     
$1,500,000

*Joint Applicants with NYS Co-Funding Initiative
$1,750,000

*For certain “co-funded” Public Infrastructure projects, applicants may apply for an amount of funding not to exceed limits identified above. “Co-funded” projects are those projects that include other State and/or Federal sources including, but not limited to, USDA Rural Development and/or the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC). In order to qualify for this higher funding threshold, the applicant must clearly demonstrate that other co-funded sources are firmly committed and in place at the time of application. Please contact OCR for more information.

Public Facilities
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages
$300,000

Single Family Housing Rehabilitation – Multi-Family Housing Rehabilitation – Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance – Standalone Water & Wastewater Systems/Laterals  
County     
$1,000,000

Towns, Cities, or Villages     
$500,000

Manufactured Housing Replacement
County
$1,500,000
Towns, Cities or Villages
$750,000

Planning
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages
$50,000

 

CDBG Objectives
  • Support a mix of rehabilitation and conversion activities to preserve and increase affordable housing for homeowners and renters
     
  • Encourage investment in communities by assisting local governments in devising and implementing economic development strategies to revitalize viable communities and provide economic opportunities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons
     
  • Revitalize the vibrancy of New York's communities and enhance the quality of life
     
  • Develop and implement strategies that facilitate the coordination of CDBG
    funding with other Federal, State, and local community development resources.

Grant Administration Manual

Funding Round Materials

The OCR will accept applications for 2022 New York State CDBG housing beginning Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Applications will be accepted through the Community Development Online (CDOL) system until 4:00 PM, EST, Friday, August 26, 2022.

2022 CDBG Housing Request for Applications

2022 CDBG Housing Application Instructions

CDBG Public Hearing Requirements

2022 OCR Federal Programs NOFA

Resources

OCR On The Ground

 

 

 

Related Links

News & Information

2019 CDBG Housing Application Webinar
CDBG Orientation Webinar 1 - Getting Started
CDBG Orientation Webinar 2 - ERR
CDBG Orientation Webinar 3 - Financial Administration
CDBG Orientation Webinar 4 - General Program Administration
CDBG Orientation Webinar 5 - Lead-Based Paint Compliance
CDBG Mortgage Affordability Grant Calculator

For a copy of the CDBG Getting Started Webinar conducted on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, click on the link below:

NYS CDBG Orientation Webinar 1 Getting Started

 

For a copy of the CDBG Environmental Review Record Webinar conducted on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, click on the link below:

NYS CDBG Orientation Webinar 2 Environmental Review Record

 

For a copy of the CDBG Financial Management Webinar conducted on Monday, January 31, 2022, click on the link below:

NYS CDBG Orientation Webinar 3 Financial Management Administration

 

For a copy of the CDBG General Program Administration Webinar conducted on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, click on the link below:

NYS CDBG Orientation Webinar 4 General Program Administration

 

For a copy of the CDBG General Program Administration Webinar conducted on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, click on the link below:

NYS CDBG Orientation Webinar 5 Lead Based Paint Compliance

NYS CDBG Funding History