September 2014 (date TBD) – Public Hearing in planning for the 2015 CDBG/HOME Action Plan
The Community Development Division (CDD) administers the annual grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as other grant opportunities that may compliment such efforts. Primarily, the CDD manages projects funded through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Grant (HOME). Both of these programs are intended to benefit low- to moderate-income (LMI) individuals and households. Administration of the programs (what can be done with the grant funds) is guided by the City’s 5-year Consolidated Plan and each year’s Action Plan (see below).
The HOME Program focuses on Affordable Housing. The City offers Down Payment Assistance awards to income-eligible first-time homebuyers, oversees a Homeowner-occupied rehabilitation program; and partners with non-profit organizations for the purpose of constructing or rehabilitating houses to be sold or rented as affordable units.
The CDBG Program allows for activities that benefit LMI individuals, LMI households, areas of the community that are majority LMI, or serve to create jobs available to LMI persons. CDBG Programs undertaken by the City include Homeowner-occupied rehabilitation and Emergency Repairs, Downtown Façade Improvement, various Public Services through non-profits, Microenterprise Assistance, Public Facility Improvement, and Infrastructure Improvement.
Programs with ongoing application periods:
- HOME Downpayment Assistant for First Time Homebuyers
- CDBG Facade Improvement Assistance
- CDBG Emergency Housing Repair (homeowner-occupied)
- NOAA Weather Alert Radios
Programs with limited application periods:
- CDBG & HOME Housing Rehabilitation (homeowner-occupied)
- CDBG Public Service Awards for Non-Profits
- CDBG Microenterprise Assistance
Individuals interested in programs with time-limited application periods are encouraged to call the Community Development Division at (601) 554-1006 for more information. Notices of Funding Availability or Requests for applications/proposals will be advertised in the Hattiesburg American when funding is avalable. Whether or not funding is available will depend on the amount of funding made available in the City’s annual grant awards and what priority level is assigned to these program areas in comparison with others.
Links below provide more information on certain program areas.